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grandfather clock
Originally uploaded by rubbernun
This beautiful old clock originally belonged to Jim's great-grandparents. Jim's mom received it at some point and it came with her from home to home for the rest of her life. She left it to Jim, and now it's in our home, along with a few of the other lovely, unusual antiques she collected over the years.

I still don't know what to think when I see this clock every day. It belongs, in the sense that it's ours now and matches our other stuff. But it also doesn't belong, because it's Lynn's, and I keep thinking it should be with her at her house. Just like I keep thinking we should call her because we haven't talked to her in a while, or like I'm still unconsciously planning activities for Thanksgiving, because she came to Chicago every Thanksgiving.

And then I remember that she's not there anymore, and (with luck) soon the house won't belong to us anymore either. And it's our clock now. Sort of.

Replies: 1 Confession

I don't know what to tell you. It is a handsome clock that once belonged to a lovely women.

I am envious. You were able to have a great relationship with your MIL. I am leaving this week to spend 3 weeks cleaning out my MIL's house. I never had anything with my MIL like the relationship you and Lynn had. I wish there was more time for us to work things out, not that more time might have helped.

shechemist @ 07/29/2008 04:14 AM CST

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