As I look back, here’s what I’ve learned with this move
1) Moving is even worse than I remembered. I didn’t want to move. Before I made that decision, I recalled that every move I’ve made–except those way back when I possessed so little everything fit in the trunk of my car–has been horrible. One of my friends said that God did everything to get me to move and that took a great deal but, fortunately, God’s will is omnipotently stronger than mine.
2) I never give away enough when I downsize. When George and I moved from the house at Buchanan Dam with a shed and carport, I had that planned out with a place for every piece of furniture marked with tape. But not on this move. I’d given so much away, I felt sure there would be plenty of room. Somehow over the two months before I moved here, the apartment got smaller. As the movers brought in boxes, they laughed, a lot, about how I was going to get these piles of boxes into this much smaller place. I had to call a junk company to carry off a large piece of the computer desk so I could move from my study to my bed without having to climb over furniture. I’ve also made several trips to the Salvation Army with the trunk of my car full of little stuff. And all those baskets I mentioned in an earlier blog? I hope the Salvation Army has use for about twenty of them.
3) Friends are wonderful. Many, many thanks to those who gave of their time and muscles and boxes to help. I couldn’t have done without them.
Yes, I’m here and am thrilled by the new possibilities. I feel safer with an extra level of security. In the previous apartment, the turnover was so great, I didn’t know anyone but the noisy neighbors overhead who delighted in bothering the old witch downstairs Here, there are no hyperactive children or crazily macho fathers and the soundproofing is great. The pool is larger and heated and there are people who want to get to know their neighbors.
What I’ve learned is that moving can take me to a better place and I’m really happy about that. What doesn’t make me so happy is that moving takes three months out of my life every time!
Any uplifting stories of moves you’d like to share?