Well it has been a while since I have posted. Sorry.
We, meaning of course, my husband, my daughter, my son-in-law and my brother – not me - spent four weekends moving the last things out of Brian and Kara’s house. Kara’s sister retrieved Kara’s things for her family months ago and then the kids took all of the furniture and anything else that they wanted. So what was left was really only stray stuff – books, exercise equipment, camping gear and the kind of stuff that you have no idea what to do with. But I did not want to chance anything personal being missed like pictures or letters or anything so it has all been brought back to my home for me to go through and then dispose of.
Then right in the middle of that our lease was up and we had to move out of the rental house. So we have been in moving hell for more than a month and are living in a disaster area and you seriously could not kick your way through any room in my house for two solid weeks.
Tuesday was the foreclosure sale of their home - a difficult day to say the least. That has brought on a lot of renewed anger. I guess just the pitiful waste of it all. Wasted efforts of us trying to help them and of course the haunting question – did their being in that house in any way contribute to this? Had we not done that – would we be where we are now? I realize that in the logical, reasonable world that does not really make any sense – but it haunts me with guilt and fear just the same.
Then there is the wasted time and effort and the long days and nights that they spent working on the house and what a beautiful job they did and how much love they put into it. Someone else now will reap the benefits of all that love and hard work without ever knowing how much the home had meant to the family we lost in there.
Then there is the waste of all of their dreams including the dream of Kara having her first child and that house was the only home he ever knew. He chased Minnie up and down the halls while she barked and he laughed and squealed; he pushed his little “learn to walk” toy that his aunt Michelle had given him up and down the hall a million miles. That home is where he “Skyped” with his Mema and Pap-Pap that lived out of state, several times a week. That was where he played in the bathtub --with cars and not boats and that was where I videoed him playing in the tub the last time I babysat with him and laughed while he tried to teach a Lamborghini to swim. That is where he stood on the sofa and looked out the window every afternoon waiting for his daddy to come home and where I always looked for his little face in that same window as he waved goodbye to me whenever I left. He jumped on his trampoline in his back yard there and slid on his slide and played with his little special friend next door on the swing set his Mema and Pap-Pap bought for him. And that was where with tiny hammer in hand, he helped his daddy build the “enormous” woodshed out back. And where he and his Mama picked the vegetables they had planted together every afternoon from the raised bed garden boxes his daddy built for them. That is where he used to, in a fit of giggles, shut me in the tiny linen closet I would barely fit in - for a quick game of hide and seek and also where he and I raced tiny cars around the coffee table hundreds of times. It was there that I took the last video I have of him singing “Haddy Dirtday” to me just weeks before --he also died in that house.
That was where Kara hosted her first and last Thanksgiving dinner and where she snuggled the newborn baby that she never thought she would have. That is where she worked and painted and worried over making his nursery just perfect and where she then graduated him from the muted pastels of a “baby nursery” to the toddler “Veggie Tales” theme of bright primary colors and her hand-made people-sized cucumber wall-hanging and then later to the Disney movie “Cars” theme as he developed an obsession to anything with wheels on it. That is where she hosted a graduation party for my daughter’s son when he graduated high school and where she had her first cookout on the deck and we all gathered for fireworks for the fourth of July. There was where, with all the patience in the world, she helped Brian’s daughter do her freshly painted conservative neutral beige room in leopard prints and hot pink splatter paint. And that was where we surprised her with the designer purse that she’d had her eye on for months for the very last birthday she would ever celebrate exactly one year to the day before the day that rocked our world.
Even after all the hard work and talent that Brian put in there, the thing he was most proud of about that house was the fact that it would be paid for in seven years. He never took that for granted and he was always so grateful to us for helping them out like that. He could hardly believe that he would be able to provide that kind of security for his family and he thanked us for it repeatedly.
He worked tirelessly on that house from the time he moved in until the week before they died. In the three months prior he had just put in a new front door, built the woodshed in the back and had the new vanity and tile to begin the remodel on the bathroom – the last of the upstairs to be redone.
It was the first time he had felt at home since he sold the first home he bought with his first wife 18 years earlier. And that was where he finally felt like his life was coming back together. He had started his own business there and much to my dismay had not decided to pursue something that allowed him to use his God-given gifts in wood-working. He has built some of the most beautiful furniture - bookcases, shelves, chess tables, bathroom vanities, gun cases and even a reproduction of a Victorian “lady’s writing desk” for me. And of course, he was also so talented at home improvement and carpentry as well and I keep thinking back to when he and I had talked about a joint partnership buying and redoing foreclosed homes since he had outdone himself on the remodel of this house. Little did I know that the first foreclosure sale I would attend would be the sale of this home under “these” horrific circumstances. So yeah, there was a lot of emotion surrounding the house sale and a lot of anger at the magnitude of the waste.
But on the other hand, it has caused me so much anguish worrying over what to do about it until now that it is done – I just can’t think about it anymore.