24 July 2009

We're selling my dad's condo today. He passed on in March. He lived there for nearly 18 years. I feel a little sad. I never lived there so it's not like I have personal memories from childhood or anything, but it was my dad's home and I have many good memories of him living there.

It was in a Senior complex. I always called it a senior dormitory even though they each had their own private residence, but the way they hung out together was very much like we did in college. He never went to college but loved all the camaraderie of living in that complex. Playing cards, bingo, traveling together, dinners and outings we couldn't keep up with his schedule - it was great for him. My dad's doctor wanted him to write a book on how to grow old - enjoying every minute. He didn't like to write, but if he would have told his story it would have been that he never had a bad trip or a meal he didn't enjoy and a little luck at bingo and cards doesn't hurt either. Be friendly to you neighbor - help them out when you can. Smile.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to share my dad's wonderful experience of living there with the lady purchasing his condo. His neighbors were so wonderful I'm sure it won't take much time at all for it to feel like home for her. I wish her the best and hope she is as happy living there as my dad was.

6 comments:

MAC said...

I can relate to your feelings. My dad died last year. I moved him from GA to NC so I could take care of him. He had lived in the house he left for over 55 years. It hurt to see his house sold.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Was here to drop EC. :)

yanji said...

Remember to keep some lovely pics of the place to keep the memories alive and I will pray for you and your Dad in Heaven. God bless and may he RIP.

Lisa Newton said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a perfect role model on how to grow old gracefully. We can all learn something from that.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. You captured his essence so beautifully. I hope the new owner feels the joy he did in living there.

Loretta said...

What wonderful memories you have of an obviously wonderful and loving Dad.