I’ve lost both of my parents in the past two years. Right when I thought I “had a handle” on my mom’s passing, my father was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive bladder cancer and passed just 18 months after my mom.
I have been the one to make sure all of the documents of their lives are taken care of. A few letters and photographs I’ve sent to their friends, but what about the rest? What do I do with years of tax returns, vehicle registrations, and cancelled checks?
Last week I shredded decades and decades of documents from my parents. Tiny pieces of their lives, crosscut for security, but I can still see my mothers perfect handwriting…
Tiny, perfect squares of two lives that ended too soon. They look just like my heart, cut into a million tiny pieces.
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