Monday, July 07, 2014

"Mom's Room"

We used to call it the dining room, but from now until the time we move out of this house, it will likely be referred to as "Mom's room".

I finally have it put back together, this room... Once my mother's place of refuge, it is now a mix of memories and possessions, both hers and mine. The hospital bed, months ago donated, has been replaced by a futon. It will be a good overnight resting place for out of town guests should they ever chance to arrive. Great Great Grandpa Shafer's portrait, the one that looks so much like my dad, has been moved from its resting place on the floor behind a chair, and hung on the wall.

The china cabinet full of glass will remain in the corner, holding its treasure, my grandma Plotzker's china set along with some of my mother's glassware, and the antique glass bookcase, whose shelves I've slowly rearranged, will also stay. Mom's cut glass cruet collection fit perfectly in the top case. Aunt Harriet's painting of the mill in Ashantee, NY still hangs on the wall. Treasures, earthly treasures, reminders of those we love who've now passed on.

The secretary's desk that was a wedding gift to my mother's parents has been moved upstairs. Shelves have been emptied and refilled with my own things in an attempt to make the room mine once again... There are still a few boxes to be sorted and disposed of. The table will stay, a gathering place for friends and family who come to share dessert and a cup of coffee. And maybe in the winter a puzzle will grace the table and, if I use my imagination, Mom and I will sit and work a puzzle together once again

7 comments:

  1. I loved the tour of your home and how you are making the changes back to "Martha's". This is always a mix-emotion event, but it looks lovely, and I was so happy that you explained all the changes and the who's in the pictures and painting. Love you Martha. Think of you often.

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    1. I'm think It might be a good idea, once I clean out my corner full of boxes, to move the little bookcase to the other side of the room and clear out the area by the china cabinet. I'm finally liking Mom;s room again.
      Thank you for the love and thoughts.
      <3

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  2. That room will always remind me of Mom and make me miss her more. It looks great!

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    1. Come and do a puzzle with me this winter, Rachel.

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  3. It look very nice! You've done a ton of work! wow!
    I like the mix of you and her...nice memories. :)

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    1. I'm slowly working through the stack of responsibilities. Once in a while I think I have something off my plate that shows up again, but we're getting there.
      Thank you. I like the mix too.
      :0)

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