|Image by M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2019|
All of these years later (has it really been 28 years!) those very plants still bloom in June, just in a new location. My mother left her earthly life in February of 2014. Despite her passing in the depths of a Wisconsin winter, I was able to transplant the peonies from the backyard of her ranch home to the flower bed in front of my ranch house. All it took was a simple request from the new owners for me to return when the soil had thawed.
With the plethora of how-to books on estate planning, probate, trusts, and in general getting your "stuff in order" a huge hole exists. Planning for the items with no monetary value, but a wealth of love and comfort:
- the Swedish Meatball recipe from your grandmother;
- record collections now gathering dust, but once filled a childhood home with music;
- inexpensive jewelry that made dress up in the 1970s oh so much fun;
- your late father's teddy bear from 1941; and
- peonies -- as well as other perennials.
Drawing from my own life, and that of clients I have counseled, don't overlook planning for the little things that make up your one grand and special life.