After Karen passed away there was much to be done. Many situations that needed tending to…some immediately, some that still need attention. For instance, there will be a video production about her life that still needs doing.
Karen had stuff and clothes and shoes and, well, just stuff. She lived in the house in which we grew up and so things accumulated. The house was sold but all of the belongings that one leaves behind needed to be dispersed.
Enter near and dear friends. Those who came helped by emptying drawers and closets. No names will be mentioned because they wouldn’t want to be mentioned but you know who you are. Trips to donation centers ensued. Furniture shuttled away. The stove was donated to someone who needed one. Yard art, televisions, trinkets distributed among friends.
Living approximately 1200 miles away prevented me from bringing too much stuff home. (Thank goodness as I am still trying to declutter my own stuff).
One friend, however, has spent innumerable hours revitalizing, cleaning and repurposing stuff from Karen’s house. She has scrubbed, dusted and relocated the things Kar no longer needs.
The shoeboxes to which my dear friend refers are sent around the world so children might have a few things to call their own. My friend has done a lot of boxes for a lot of children for many years. Karen’s stuff will bring joy to children in a different part of the world because my friend took the time to make a difference. My day is just a whole lot brighter because she let me know.