Yard Sale

The day after, my best friend came over to see if she could help. Bewildered and helpless, not knowing where to start, we sat on the edge of the bed holding each other. Sobbing, we remembered all the good times.

This was going to be very hard as everything around me reminded me of him. At a time when my world seemed like it was collapsing, I had no idea what I was going to do with all the things that meant so much to us. All those memories – the keepsakes of places we shared, birthday gifts, and cards didn’t mean much anymore.

Friday came, and in the pouring rain, I knelt in the mud and kissed your casket whispering, “goodbye for good”. In pain, I left you for the last time. Trembling and wondering, as the rest, of what was normal has now changed. Not knowing where to start, the limousine ride gave little relief – soaking wet! I needed to change and get out of these wet things.

Early on a Saturday, after sorting and boxing, I walked to the edge of the drive. I stuck a sign in the ground which read, “Yard Sale”. Yes. All our many years of matrimony, a week later had turned into a yard sale. Sadly, the value on the memories was priceless even though the little tags said fifty cents while all items in the box were a quarter.

yard sale

The next day I went to church. I thought I’d sinned – selling your stuff; but as I was comforted by the congregation singing, there was, somehow, a peace in His presence.

I returned to your grave, reverently praying. I thought about how much I’m going to miss you. For what it’s worth, I grossed $357.67 – not very much for all the love we had shared together.

Now, on our anniversary, I went out to dinner to commemorate your life. There will never be another you! With sadness, I look back at all our many years of love, now only resolved to not much more than a “Yard Sale”.


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