This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dad's Desk...

Mom asked me if I would clean out Dad's desk and his stuff in the office of their home.  I will be making another trip to California mid September for the birth of my third grand son.  I can probably spend a few days helping Mom.

Dad's desk is a cornucopia of pretty much anything you can imagine.  Paperwork, tools, various nuts, bolts, screws, Sudoku puzzles, mathematical equations, pamphlets on various plants, assorted garden seeds, empty prescription bottles, balls of tin foil, rubber bands, chunks of metal, manuals to tools, and just about anything you would not expect to find in a desk.

I have already taken all his diaries home. I have been reading through them and making notes for the book I hope to write about Dad.

I still feel very strange when I am sorting and packing up his things, when he is still with us.  You would think after a year, I would be used to him not living in their home, but I still expect him to come in from the back yard in his overalls. I realize he has no use for most of his stuff, yet, I remember how important it was to him when he was home...

8 comments:

That corgi :) said...

that would be a hard task to do, Donna. I think it was neat he kept diaries, kind of rare sometimes these days.

our weather cooled down quite a bit today, which I'm sure was a relief for your mom

betty

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Somehow, this may be a good way to make a collage or a picture box of some of the things you find in his desk.

Exciting news that a third grandson is on his way.

Mari said...

That's going to be a hard task, yet I think there will be some laughing and good memories in the process!!

Pat said...

I agree that it's a hard task, but how wonderful that you have your father's journals! What a great idea to put them together for a book. That would be a great tribute to your Dad.

Wander to the Wayside said...

When we went thru my dad's storage shed two years after he went in the nursing home, we were by turns stunned and amused by what we found, especially by some of the stuff having been saved or 'acquired' after the onset of alzheimers. It's a very voyeuristic journey, going thru a loved ones belongings, especially one as personal as a desk or jewelry box. Both areas seem to show where a person's interests and secrets live.

Jeanie said...

I think that it will be both a hard task and a pleasant experience for you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorting through his stuff now has got to be incredibly difficult.

gayle said...

That's going to be a hard task to do. It will be sad but also you will enjoy looking through his things. I still haven't gotten rid of some of my dads things and it has been 12 years.