I should be packing but find myself enjoying a final lazy Sunday in this town old beach house on our rather tiny sort-of an island.
Next week we shall be knees deep in boxes that will need unpacking, a kitchen that needs sorting out and beds that will need making.
Our new home is a tiny flat in old town, just off the harbour. From our living room window we will see the boats coming and going at the town landing. The lullaby of the sailboats masts will send us to sleep and the smell of the wharf and harbor will greet us as we come home for the evening.
Joe and I both grew up on those narrow streets of this little seaside town. Marblehead will welcome us home and we shall be unpacked and settled in good time.
I am looking forward to sitting in the back garden with a slight summer breeze and the company of old friends and family.
My mum will be just beneath us in the first floor apartment which is a comfort for both of us. She is fiercely independent and has a social life much more active than my own. Still, it will be happy feeling to be close to one another in case she finds herself I need of anything.
Everything is within walking distance and we shall be just a 5 minute walk from the bus route so we won’t have to drive traffic to the T every morning. It will so pleasant to be able to sit back and click away on my phone while some one else does the driving.
We have lost many dear to us in our time here. Good friends, old friends, aunts, grandmothers and my step-daughter, Ashley. I have gained two beautiful grandchildren, watched my oldest daughter get her Bachelors degree and then her Masters. I’ve seen my mum aging and the return of my sister’s cancer. My brother has gotten engaged and will be married in September. I met Joe’s oldest son while we lived here and watched his two younger sons grow from young boys who bathed together in the tub after an afternoon at the beach into teenagers who are beginning to explore the world on their own.
We’ve certainly had our good, random and fun here.
Next week there will be pictures of the Harbourside but for now we bid Adieu to our island home.