The Move: One More Letting Go

I have a decorative screen in my apartment, which I use in lieu of a bedroom door — there isn’t one in my open floor plan. The screen was painted by a VietNamese artist named LeBaDang, and I’ve had it for more than 40 years. Jerry and I bought it years ago on a trip to San Francisco, before we had the kids. I thought about selling it when I moved from Rochester, and again when I moved to this apartment — but didn’t. Neither of the kids wants it. The couple who looked at my apartment and took over the lease loved the screen and loved the way it blocked looking right into the bedroom, and asked if they could buy it.

Selling it now is the sensible thing to do, and I’m going to track down a price and make the deal. The screen doesn’t really work in Sara’s house, and because of it’s size it’s unlikely to work in any place that I’ll live from now on.

I have a bit of a twinge about letting it go. The screen is one of those early-in-our marriage things that takes me back to when we were building a home and a life together.

I still have the Asian chest, and Jerry’s desk, and one more thing, which I’ll show you in the next post.

7 thoughts on “The Move: One More Letting Go

  1. for Katie: The couple taking over the apartment backed out — they wanted to pay Ikea prices for a fine art screen. It’s fine — I’m taking it with me. I quite like the screen — it’s just that it’s a fairly large piece.

  2. Artist LeBaDang is my highschool friend’s grandfather. Mr. LeBaDang passed away a few years back. My friend who lives in Viet Nam is on a journey to collect art creations from Mr. LeBaDang to bring his spirit home. He designates 3 rooms in his house to honor his grandfather’s art. My friend’s heart sank seeing this beautiful art creation from his grandfather and had asked me to contact you for the possibility of purchasing this piece back from you. It would mean the WORLD to him bringing this beauty back home, where his grandfather LeBaDang belongs. My friend asks to invite you to his home in Vietnam if you have a chance to travel oversea. He will proudly show you his grandfather LeBaDang’s beautiful art creation. We hope to hear from you and if we do, Mr. LeBaDang must have looked over us!!! Please help my friend’s dream come true…I can be reached at (616) 780-6176. Thanks! Victoria

  3. for Victoria: What an interesting thing, that you found my post with Mr. LeBaDang’s work. Am following up with an email.

  4. I’m so grateful to hear back from you. My email address is I’ll be more than happy to send you my friend’s work-in-peogress to rebuid his Grandfather Lebadang’s memory.

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