August 25, 2008
I was shocked to learn that my grandparentsí house had been sold, and sold with nearly everything in it. In retrospect, my mother was in shock Ė an only child losing both parents so close together, but at the time, the fifteen year old me couldnít understand why she didnít ask us if there was anything we children wanted. I would have asked for my grandmotherís dressing table with its three-way mirror Ė I can still see her sitting there; she was meticulous about her appearance. I wanted my great-grandfatherís sleigh bells and Civil War sword, my grandmotherís sewing machine.