As if there weren’t enough house moves already going on (EK wives will know exactly what I mean), my parents dropped a bombshell on us a month or so ago.
“We’re selling the family home!” said my mum, trepidatiously.
Well, okay she didn’t exactly say it like that, but that’s what I heard!
“You’re what?” I said, going into shock as I imagined mum excitedly packing everything up. They’ve been there nearly 30 years, and it’s the house I lived in, came back to for weekends and many a Christmas, and, since becoming an expat, have stayed in every summer for long periods with my own kids.
We’re ‘vacationing’ at the house right now, and there are at least eight things I’ve learnt about parents downsizing.
- When you tell the children their grandparents are moving, they take matters into their own hands.
2. I’m suddenly attached to everything in the house.
3. As well as all the clearing out I’m doing in Dubai, there’s another few tonnes to sift through here.
4. I’ll spend at least 10 minutes reading every single letter from my childhood penpal.
Which means I’ll be done sorting everything out in … 10 years.
5. To keep all the photos and certificates or not? That is the question.
6. You hide down the bottom of the garden when some people look round … then get talking.
It really is such a small world.
7. You go to make one last mark on the height chart … and discover he’s outgrown it.
8. You go out with your family for the day and realise that your home isn’t going anywhere.