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These are my American grandparents. My grandmother died when I was in high school, but my grandpa has recently gone to live in a care home. It's a huge deal, because he's been in his house near Seattle since way before I was born, and he built it himself, so leaving it has been hard on him and the rest of the family, to say the least.

The strangest thing has been seeing the house, totally empty, showcased on the Internet. In fact, you can see the house there, too, and take a tour of it, which is also a bit weird. (Oh, and you can buy it, that would be very helpful and the price is good.) It's where I spent a lot of my growing-up years, but it looks so different when it's not packed full of the stuff my grandparents collected over the years, like my grandmother's oil paintings and figurines, and my grandpa's shop equipment. But even the empty spaces hold a lot of memories.

I could come up with a lot of comics about that house, but here's a rough one I just made:

Here's the bare room with the wardrobe. I notice they've left the magic flying mirror in place.

Edit: I just heard from George Parkin on Twitter that, in Britain, people in the '60s referred to the flying trick as 'doing the Harry Worth'. Thanks, George!


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Oct. 23rd, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh Sarah. What a sad and happy little comic.

Shame we can't all club in and buy the house for you. :(

Hope your grandpa does ok in the home. Maybe he'll make lots of new friends and show them all the flying trick. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, girlfriend! I think he was surprised by how much he likes the care home. There are lots of nice Mongolian ladies on staff who look after him and fuss over him, so he gets a lot more company now.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Such a poignant comic - what lovely memories. I'm glad to hear he likes his new home.

That's a gorgeous house - pls transport it to SE London and I'll buy it right now, instead of the two bedroom flat I'm buying for about the same £/$. /whines
Oct. 24th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, Libbi! I know, I can't believe how little the house costs, considering that it's well built and so large. I guess it's because the market's so low right now, but still. You can't get much in London for less than £200,000, it's insane. Good luck with buying your flat, that must be very stressful.
Oct. 24th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
Aww that was touching and sad. But what a happy memory of your granddad. Hugs!
Oct. 24th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Candy! (Hugs back!) :)
Kathryn evans
Oct. 24th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
What a poignant post Sarah - times change but sometimes it's so hard to let go - I hope a wonderful family buy your grandparents house and a whole new, warm, melting pot of memories are made there xxx
Oct. 24th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
All sorts of memories, it's great to catch them before they're forgotten.
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
What a beautiful comic. Cheers for that, Sarah.
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Oh, and that last comment was me, Matt Badham.
Oct. 26th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I love the flying mirror!
Nov. 2nd, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
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