Friday, April 1, 2011

A letter from my neighbor - OM [one moment] meet up #46

I've been able to hold it together this week although I still feel as if I'm on the verge of tears at all times.  The stress of selling our house and all that is involved in moving (I'm sure you are tired of hearing about it) is ever present.  I'm coasting through each day in a haze.

My back is officially on the outs.  It's my body's way of showing who's boss.  By doctors' orders, I'm banned from the gym and must "take it easy."  I wish someone could tell me how it is possible to "take it easy" when you have two active kids, a dog, and a husband (who works too many hours) and have to keep the house spotless at all times (for strangers and realtors to come through).

Not quite sure what is going on w/my back other than I have chronic pain and spasms.  Most certainly disk related, but there is nothing I can do but manage the pain and "take it easy."  I'm doing that to the best of my ability.

Back to keeping things together emotionally...

All was going well until I get a handwritten letter in the mail from my dear neighbor.  She is in her mid to late '80s, newly widowed, and the sweetest person you can meet.  Her letter basically said how nice it was to have us as her backyard neighbors.  She knew our move was coming but it wasn't real to her until she saw the "for sale" sign in our yard.

That did it.  Streams of tears and buckets of emotion came pouring out.

She goes on to write how she loved watching the kids grow up, that her late husband loved having the back door opened to hear the kids playing, and how our backyard parties and neighborhood get togethers were such happy gatherings.

Are you welling up yet?!

She remembered and listed many of the goodies we shared with her:  C's key lime pie and my French/Vietnamese sandwiches.

She even mentioned the most recent addition to our family - Sophie.

Flood gates are open.
I may never stop crying.

This was the kindest, most heart-felt letter I've ever received.  It even made C well up.  To have someone take the time to hand write this detailed letter and to have thought of us so affectionately is incredible.  I am deeply humbled...

...and now, officially, a basket case.
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