In 2009, the animated movie Up took the world by storm (and made me cry in the theater). It’s a heartwarming story about a man who, after his wife passed away, decided to honor her memory in the most touching way.
One thing you might not have realized, though, is that the house in the movie that stands resilient among the towering skyscrapers was based on a real house. This house.
“Where would I go? I don’t have any family and this is my home. My mother died here, on this very couch. I came back to America from England to take care of her. She made me promise I would let her die at home and not in some facility, and I kept that promise. And this is where I want to die. Right in my own home. On this couch.”
Edith would still receive calls about her house, but she ignored them. She refused a $1 million for her home. Over time, she became more and more dependent on Barry. Then, when he noticed she couldn’t keep any weight on, he took to her to the hospital. She had pancreatic cancer. She didn’t fear it, though. She had her house and she had a best friend in Barry. There was nothing for her to fear.
If you’d like to learn more about Edith, her house and Barry, the book Under One Roof is available for purchase online.
Source: Under One Roof
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