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Day 56

The time has finally come to close the door for one last time on the house in Monaghan Avenue that has been our home. A lot has happened while we lived here. Each of us is different to the person we were when we first moved in. We were all feeling rather battered and bruised. Our lives were in tatters and we were all struggling. We have grown so much and changed while living in this house. We are stronger. We are ready for this next step.

I walked alone through the house one final time with the excuse of checking everything. As I walked through the empty rooms I had and overwhelming sense that we had gone. We were no longer a part of this house. The time had come to move on. I was reminded of a quote that had been cited to me on numerous occasions:

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

I don’t want to dwell on this door I am about to close. I don’t have any regrets even though I am a bit sad. Instead I am thankful to this door. I am thankful that it was open to me and my children all those years ago. I am thankful to my wonderfully generous friends for the opportunity to have lived here. I am thankful for the life we have lived in the time we were there. I am equally as thankful that I can move on; that I have that option.

I leave with the most unbelievable memories of a place that gave my children and me another chance. It is this closed door which has enabled me to open a new door.

Thank you from all of my being.

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