FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

Sold: Our Very Own Apartment

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So it's settled, we're purchasing an apartment!  After several months of looking and several months of going through the purchasing process - offers, contracts, co-op board approval, etc. and we're finally set to close on the 23rd of August! We've scheduled our move in for the 24th!  Jack and I are both extremely excited and can't wait to get in there.  There is a lot to do to make it feel like home and my mind just can't stop with sorting out the design issues.

For the past few weeks we've slowly been packing up our lives.  We've made trips to the Goodwill and have put stuff that is worth selling on Craigslist & ebay and shredded any unnecessary paperwork.

Anyone who has moved can understand what it is like to go through old papers, documents and photos.  It makes packing a much longer process but also more satisfying.  I enjoy finding old letters and notes from the early days that Jack and I started dating.  As well as cards from my mother and grandmother.  I used to think that greeting cards took up too much space but after my grandmother passed on my mother discovered that she had saved all of the cards that my mom had sent to her since her young twenties.  Over 40 years of cards and quick notes make for a sweet timeline between mother and daughter.

The other day while going through my greeting cards I found one that my mother had sent to us for Easter in 2009.  It was a cute yet little bit strange card with two ducklings riding on a motorcycle.  She was wishing us a Happy Easter and Spring.  When I put the card down in the pile with others I noticed that she had written on the back.  The words are sweet and simple, yet they really touched me and I wanted to share these words.  To put what she wrote into context the card has a hummingbird printed on the back for the Papyrus brand.

It reads:

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbirds delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.

I think these images are coincidentally tied to my mother's note in that my father took them last summer.  He managed to capture both a wasp and hummingbird peacefully feeding outside their home.