8 times in all. And I purge a lot. So, we don't have a lot of things that have stuck with us.
But, this one has.
It's a beautiful piano. Built in 1910 and made to last. The style is completely us - clean lines, no frills. I picked out this piano from a shop in Fort Collins, Colorado right before we moved into our new, large-enough-for-a-piano house. I greeted it with visions of kids someday, kids who would first bang and then actually play the keys.
When we moved out to Chicago, the piano stayed behind. A friend agreed to keep it for us at their house. I still think they were pretty surprised when, 3.5 years later, we asked to take it back and we moved it to Chicago.
I was so thankful to have it - it is huge, heavy and loud but you could just as easily say it's grandiose, substantial and vociferous. This year our 9 yr old, Claire, decided to start lessons. It's been amazing to hear her play daily.
But, as we prepare to move back to Colorado, we decided to not bring it with us.
This has been hard for me and for Claire. But we must say farewell. On to new adventures without the weight of a 100 yr old piano.
On a separate note, the cats' puffer balls have all been found.