Sunday, 12 May 2019
A Couple from the Past Looking into the Future (Sepia Saturday 469)
I have shared this photo before; it’s one of my favourites from the old family albums: It shows my paternal grandparents as newly-weds, at the well on the property where they built their house in 1930.
That house (which would have been in front of them here, but probably did not exist yet, when the photo was taken) remained in our family for over 80 years, until the autumn of 2014. (Those of you who followed my blogs between 2009-2014 will remember it.) My dad grew up there. My grandparents still lived there in my childhood. After my grandmother died, we kept it as summer house. When my parents retired in the early 1990s, they had the house refurbished and extended, and moved in permanently, to live there the rest of their lives (or nearly). My brother and I kept the place for a few years more after dad died, because there was such a lot of stuff to sort out (and some of it rightly belonging in museums and archives, as our grandfather was a journalist with special interest in local history, and dad wrote books about Swedish railway history). But in 2014, we were at last ready to sell.
Do I miss the place? Not in the sense that I’d have wanted to keep it longer. My memories of it belong to the past; and it's up to the young couple who bought it to make their own. The house itself may well survive us all! – who knows...
Linking to Sepia Saturday 469