Saturday, November 28, 2009

Childbirth and Moving

It has occurred to me that moving is very much like childbirth.

Both are painful. And messy. And exhausting. When you're in the middle of either activity, you think it's the worst thing you've ever been through. But then when you look back at it later, it seems as though it really wasn't all that bad after all.

That's where I am with moving. I originally thought, "Well, how bad can it be to just throw a few things into a few boxes and move to a new house. It's not that big of a deal."

"Ha." I repeat, "HA!"

It is bad. It is worse than bad. It is badder than worst. It is hard and tiring and frustrating and awful. I have packed boxes and carried boxes and made decisions and organized and re-organized and sorted and thought and pondered and run amok in a house that has collapsed into congealed chaos.

Ug. Yuck. Ewwww. Phooey. Patooey. Ish. Ick. Icky.

Need I say more? No?

Good, because I've run out of icky synonyms.

I know that we will eventually get moved and settled in and the boxes will get unpacked and the chaos will unravel itself to reveal order in our lives once again. But for now, I am sort of overwhelmed. Not a lot. Just a little. But it's okay. It doesn't last forever. And that's the best part about childbirth. And moving. They. Do. Not. Last. Forever.


And now I have for you a few pictures to gaze at which should go a long way toward making you thankful you are not the one who is moving right now.














And to make things even happier, when I got up yesterday morning, I discovered that my entire closet rod had collapsed. It was just what I needed. A bigger mess. O happy day.




Becky M. asked in the comments section what we would do if someone wanted to see the house now.

Funny you should ask, Becky, because our realtor just called to say that someone wants to see the house tomorrow.

I am happy. And sad.

Happy to have some interest. And sad because now I can't leave the house in the kind of mess I was thinking of leaving it in when we head out to Manteo later today. Now I have to clean toilets, counter tops, and mirrors. I have to make sure that my incredibly messy house is somewhat unincredibly clean.

Is it time for my nap yet?

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Melissa said...

You'll have to post some final pics of the completely empty house when you're done. It'll be strange to see it completely devoid of any furnishings or personal items! Plus it'll show how much hard work you did!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I feel your pain! It's just the reminder I needed, that I am never moving again!

Cindy

lifebythecreek said...

When I went away to college, the moving cycle began. To Mississippi, then back to Tennessee for the summer. Back to Mississippi, back to Tennessee. Had to travel light. Then I got married and moved to North Carolina. There for 3 years, and moved to Atlanta. Lived in an apartment for 6 months, then moved into a house. Got a divorce 3 1/2 years later, and moved back into an apartment. Stayed there for nearly 3 years, then got married and moved back into a house. Been here ever since (thank you, God, truly... ). BUT.. the thought of having to pack up nearly 20 years of "stuff"? Makes me cringe, and my eye starts twitching. But Becky, just like childbirth, when it's finally over, it will be SO worth it! Totally clean living quarters, streamlined "stuff", all nice and spiffy... in a way, I envy you. In a very SMALL way, but still... I am having a slapdown with the green-eyed monster. And we won't even TALK about where you're moving TO....
So, when will you be ready for overnight houseguests?

Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you as you head off to Manteo for good. Sure wish I'd found you guys sooner! I would have loved to have meet you for coffee or something. But Smithfield isn't that far away and maybe you'll be back to visit one of these days. I know many people here will miss all of you! I can feel your pain but I'm also excited for you!

Sandy/Clayton

brooke said...

that's why i stayed in the little crappy apartment i lived in in eugene - because i hate moving. i'll stay here in this apartment in logan until it's time to move on to another city. hang in there.. one foot in front of the other.. and enjoy the ocean air when you get to manteo :)

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