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I’ve been fortunate to travel a good deal over the years.  This is one of the areas of memory that appears to be more intact than others.  Over the last 8 years, the most pleasurable and memorable trips have been the ones that have involved the whole family.  When our twin grandchildren, Emma and Jacob, were four years old they, with their parents, their aunt and her friend, and our French cousin, all stayed in a little house in the south of France (Port Grimaud) on a lovely vacation.  At that time, playing on the beach, “fishing” with a branch and string from our little boatless dock, hearing another language spoken  by everyone else, and learning to love croissants and cheeses were lovely experiences.  I do remember Jake sighing on his return to California:  “Back to bagels” when he couldn’t get croissants that tasted like the ones in France.

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There are other reasons for downsizing beyond need or necessity.  And, it’s still not a walk in the park!

We have ‘stuff’ of both sentimental value, and monetary value.  I realized that someone would be wise to tackle it head on rather than leave the job to children who might not have a clue what the valuable things were worth, or find it a burden to have to do it at all.

Most painful was getting insurance coverage to be able to get estimates from prospective buyers, only to learn that the really good stuff was worth very little on the market.  I did not like owning one valuable diamond ring (my Mother’s) that was indivisible: two daughters, five grandchildren; this did not feel right no matter what we decided.   Well, it turned out one daughter wanted it very badly for both sentimental reasons, and the desire to see to it that her children would have it (kept in the family!), so that proved to be the best choice.   I’m making it up to the other daughter in other ways to compensate for the great disparity in economic value. (more…)

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