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An Adventure in Moving
Twelve years ago, I packed up my life and moved west with my beloved. At the time, I thought it would be the last time I would ever move. We had bought our first house. We planned to live there forever. However, as time went by, and my mother came to live with us, we discovered that this was not our dream house after all. It became too small, having only one bathroom for the five of us to share.
When Mom came to live with us, we bought another property and began building a bigger house. It took us years to complete this new house, as many roadblocks presented themselves along the way; like having time and money at the same time. That was the biggest challenge to overcome, but we will finally be finished very soon. In fact, we have a date for moving in now. A firm date that is not far from today.
I have never enjoyed the action of moving, although I have done it a lot in my life. Until we bought our first house, I was in the habit of moving every time the rent went up which typically was on a yearly basis. When we moved into this house I thought I would never have to move again and felt a massive amount of relief. However, moving day will once again be upon me very soon.
For the first time I am excited about the prospect of moving all of our possessions from one location to another. Having lived in the same house for 12 years, I have come to realize just how much stuff we really have and all of it needs to be moved. I am not daunted by the amount of things that have to be moved though. I am still very excited about it. I have waited many years for this house to be complete.
My son will come home and bring friends to help with the moving, and I will finally have a house exactly the way I want it. It is my dream home.
Having packed up everything I owned and moving it across the country, moving everything less than a mile down the road should be a snap. Even packing boxes up gives me a thrill.
As the finishing touches are being done to the house, I visit daily, at lunch time, to walk through the house and put things away in my mind. I can’t seem to do this without giggling. I know where every stick of furniture will go. I know where everything in the kitchen will go and where the paintings will be hung. I have mental images of everything in its place; clothes hanging in the closets, and my kids’ unmade beds in their rooms, everything is put away in my mind and that in itself will make things easier.
I walk through the house imagining how the carpet feels on bare feet. I imagine sitting on the deck as the day draws to a close, watching the sun slip lower in the sky. I can visualize the deer coming to the house to eat the fallen apples around the trees.
For the first time in my life, I am looking forward to moving. I am going to live in the house that Jeff, my husband, built.
The house I am leaving has many fond memories that I will take with me; my youngest son has never lived anywhere else. The fact that we have a lifetime to create new memories in our new house is exhilarating.
My life with Jeff has always been an adventure and this will be no different. The building of this house has been an adventure and so too will moving into it be.