Mem­o­ries frozen in the shadow of time

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

THERE’S a lot of talk these days about de­clut­ter­ing. A side ef­fect of our in­creased ma­te­rial wealth is an ex­po­nen­tial ex­pan­sion in the amount of stuff we ac­cu­mu­late as we go through life.

In my role as a rov­ing prop­erty cor­re­spon­dent, I walk into many un­oc­cu­pied houses that are wait­ing in the shadow of the gavel.

These places are of­ten ex­actly as they were the day the last oc­cu­pant left.

Pho­to­graphs hang on the walls, pic­tures of wed­ding days, chris­ten­ings and holy com­mu­nions are on side­boards and man­tel­pieces linked by cob­webs and frozen in time.

They await for the ex­ecu­tor auc­tion to take its course.

You can al­most hear the rus­tle of the black refuse sack be­ing read­ied to con­sign all the stuff of a life to an undig­ni­fied end.

It’s salu­tary les­son.

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