Chapter M — Mom is Moving

Mehdi Maghsoodnia
3 min readAug 9, 2023

Change is an inevitable part of life, often marked by moments that tug at my heart and evoke a cascade of emotions. Recently, my family has been facing a significant transition that has stirred a whirlwind of feelings within me. My mother, now at the age of 80, has been confronted with the task of selling our cherished family home following the passing of my father. This turn of events has brought a mixture of sadness and nostalgia, as we prepare to bid farewell to a place that holds a tapestry of precious memories.

Our house, a repository of decades of shared experiences, has been a silent witness to countless family gatherings. The walls echo with laughter from boisterous celebrations and warm conversations around the dining table. It’s a place where time seemed to stand still, capturing the essence of our family’s journey through life. Many of our fondest memories were woven into the very fabric of this house, becoming an integral part of our identity.

One cannot help but feel sorrow at the prospect of leaving behind a place that has witnessed so many milestones. The walls, which have seen children grow into adults, and the floors that have been the playground for many of our kids, seem to hold an indelible connection to our family’s past. Each corner carries a story — stories of friendship, Persian jokes, long political debates, poetry and love.

The decision to move my mother into a smaller home, while practical, brings a sense of loss. It is not just the physical space that we are saying goodbye to, but the intangible comfort of familiarity. Yet, upon reflection, I find myself recognizing that I am turning the page on one chapter of our lives, ushering in a new chapter that will inscribe its own stories yet to unfold.

Growing up as an immigrant family, we learned early on about the transient nature of life and the significance of embracing change. While it's only natural to experience a tinge of sorrow over leaving behind a physical space, it's also an opportunity to pay homage to the past while embarking on a fresh narrative. Our family's fortitude and capacity to manage change stand as some of our greatest strengths. The true essence of our bond lies not in the walls and structure, but in the affection and connections we share.

And so, bidding farewell to our home is not merely about the physical space, but also about parting with the memories of my father and brother. This chapter may carry a touch of sorrow, but it’s also a testament to the abundance of cherished moments we’ve shared. Life is akin to a book filled with a myriad of memories — some sweet, some hazy, and some bittersweetly painful. This chapter, a blend of these emotions, serves as an integral thread in our unique story.

زندگی دفتری از خاطره هاست خاطراتی شیرین خاطراتی مغشوش خاطراتی که زتلخی رگ جان گسلد