Dad! I passed. I’m a licensed driver. Can I get a car? Can we go looking today? Can I borrow your car to go out with my friends tonight?
Young man, slow down there is a difference between passing a drivers test and really knowing how to drive. Baby steps. And as previously agreed upon, I will help you pay for your car. You have to get a job and work for it. You are not required to work until 18 but if you want a job before then…
Dad, you’re killin’ my buzz.
You better not have a buzz.
Harper was enjoying her time in Louisville with her family. She always enjoyed seeing her niece and nephew but this time her sister was different. Normally Robin was a bit overbearing. Every day well planned and it was expected that they stick to the schedule. This weekend had more of a “we’ll see what the day brings” type of feel, Harper wasn’t sure of what to make of it.
I’m glad you came down this weekend. I wanted to talk to you…in person.
Robin let out a big sigh. We’re thinking of selling the house and moving to the New England area. I’ll enjoy the cooler temperatures, the kids will get a better public-school education and Randy will be closer to his parents, they are getting older you know. I wanted to talk to you about it because this is our parents house, I thought you should have some input.
Selling their parents’ house was a big thing. Robin was determined to keep it after their parents’ death, she was only 19 at the time but found the money to hire an estate lawyer to make sure the house became her property.
Is this what you really want or is this just what makes sense?
Honestly, I don’t know. It does make sense, all our reasons for moving are the “right” reasons but I don’t know if I can just walk away.
Its been 23 years, are you really just walking away? You’ve done a great job taking care of me and your family. The house is well cared for, you will get the highest market value for it. Why continue to hold on to that small piece of the past. I know you loved our parents, I did too but at some point you have to move on from Louisville and accept that honoring their memory is displayed just as much in taking care of your family as it is in maintaining their home and working in the local community.
I know. I guess for me letting go of the house feels like I am letting go of them.
Yeah. But they are deep in our hearts, its impossible for either of us to let go.
Dad, I think mom would have bought me a car.
I think your beautiful mother, God rest her soul, would have made you pay half. Still she would be very proud of you. On the phone telling everybody and probably planning a party.
She did like parties.
She did, and she loved you.
It was moments like these that Michael really missed his wife. She was such a loving person, a great mother and she helped him become the man he is now. They met when he was 16, she was 15. Only a few months younger than him but still younger, her dad didn’t like that. She was so smart, he’d needed help with chemistry. Their school had this program for student tutors and she was assigned to help him pass the one class he was failing. Truth is he was just getting by in many of his classes but after a few sessions with her he looked at school completely different. He wanted to be more than Mr. Popular, he wanted to be good enough to hang with her. Eventually they started going to school activities together and then she was pregnant. It didn’t stop her though, she finished college with an engineering degree and was working her way up the engineering ladder at Duke Energy. She encouraged him to go to college, it wasn’t really something he had thought about before. She was with him when he bought and sold his first piece, he absolutely loves what he does and hates that he can’t share it with her. He’ll never not love her; the question is can he love someone else in addition to his wife. Ready or not he was about to find out.