The last few Labor Days in the lives of not only myself, but also my family, have been different – due in part to what we’ve experienced in the past few years. I definitely remember the last Labor Day that was at the Lavernoich family home in Winsted, Connecticut – in 2014 – almost sixty years after we moved there. Already, we knew that things had dramatically – and drastically – changed in that short a time span, and especially as time and age were catching up to us, and we knew that we had to move forward.
When my family moved to Winsted in 1956, there was the cherished hope that the house that we called home would remain ours, far beyond my parents’ generation. But the reality of things – including my mother’s declining health – was a far different matter, a fact that we learned almost three years ago, when age and injury forced Mother to leave home forever. And within the next few years, we learned that continuing to own the family home was virtually impossible – given various factors, including the present-day economy which has already put a dent in many homeowners’ financial situations (including paying ever-increasing property taxes). My brothers’ decision to sell the family home – in 2015 – proved to be a wise one (though not without dealing with the emotional angst associated with breaking away from the past). But then, we knew that we couldn’t ignore and avoid the fact that nothing lasts forever – and that includes Mother leaving in the same family home for almost sixty years.
And the future? How will we react someday when my family faces the same situation as my mother? And will we actually accept that reality? I can’t answer those and other questions – if only because the future’s a mystery to all of us. All we can hope for is that time and fate will smile on us as far as where we’re heading, helped in no small measure by memories of where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished in our lives – and I hope that future generations will help keep them alive and intact, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five books (including not only the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels, but also his most recent, Memories Of My Youth), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
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