Family

Leaving 45

On a warm April weekend, a large group of extended family gathered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to help prepare my grandparents’ home for sale as they recently moved to a retirement community. My parents’ generation had done an extensive amount of preparation prior to our convergence, which made the process run very smoothly. We met early on Saturday morning, with roughly 30 family members total.

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My generation, the grandchildren, drew numbers to determine the order in which we’d select from the remaining items in the house.

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One of us, however, got an early start tagging items before we actually drew numbers.

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We spent the morning selecting items in rounds, before turning into a free-for-all. The great grandkids were off to an Easter Egg hunt during the bulk of the item selection, which made it a bit easier. When they returned, we worked through the toys as well.

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With that activity completed, we enjoyed lunch outside in the first springlike sunshine of the year.

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We spent the afternoon moving everything that was selected – and everything that wasn’t – out of the house into the garage or our waiting vehicles. We stopped briefly to take a group picture.

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After the group shot, Jeff tested out his Canon wireless remote while I was walking towards him, so this is sort a self-portrait by Jeff using my camera and me as the tripod.

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The Payoff

At this, you’re probably wondering why we’d all do this, instead of lazing around on our own couches while our children terrorized our home neighborhoods. For food, of course. After we finished with work for the day, Gus and Abbey were kind enough to host the whole group at their awesome new house and feed us dinner! Everyone had a great time, and Gus & Abbey made a delicious meal for all of us.

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Apparently having a bit of a row

Apparently having a bit of a row

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    Great photos, Ted! You really captured the day so well. It was so much fun and a great deal of work was accomplished. Thank you for sharing your talents/photos with us!

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