Friday, 28 June 2013

Little Kingdoms

As I mentioned in my previous post, since we finally moved into our little flat, Mr Flatzilla and I really haven’t had an opportunity to actually spend much time in our new home.

The reason being that my mum sold our family home of 27 years. As such, we have spent the last five weeks in a constant state of packing, cleaning and more packing. The house that I was fortunate enough to grow up in was beautiful – golden Canadian maple floors, Art Deco as far as the eye can see and a large garden that my friends and I could roam in, later swapping games of tag for lounging, grilling meat on the barbeque and drinking wine in the sun.

It truly was the most beautiful house, so when my mum sat me down and told me she was selling up, I went through several different emotions. At first, I was dubious – over the last decade, my mum has told me she’s selling the house approximately every 18 months or so, so perhaps I didn’t take it as seriously as I would’ve otherwise but this time, it was for real.

After realizing that this was in fact happening, I journeyed through what I can only describe as a spectrum of emotions. It’s funny, I’ve tried to type the next few paragraphs about how I really feel several times since but when it comes to putting it into actual words, it is a very different matter. I sit at my keyboard and I start to feel my eyes sting for a number of reasons or I get a little lump in my throat – sadness, a little guilt, relief but in the end, happiness at what this move as meant for all of us. It’s a long story and not one that perhaps I am really quite ready to share but I will tell you this:

In the final week, watching as paintings came down, furniture was wrapped in bubble wrap and all of the little touches that made it our home disappeared, it became a house once more. Still, a beautiful house but no longer the little kingdom that it once was.

So, goodbye Perryn Road. I will miss you. Yes, I do still have the occasional little pang but I’m sure your new family will love you just as much as we did and make you beautiful in a new way.

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