Mother Laura at Revgals writes:
We are right in the middle of a move--only twenty minutes away, but we're still a mix of busy, excited, nervous and surprisingly full of grief about what we're leaving, for me at least. So this week's Friday Five asks about your experience of the marvels and madness of moving...
1. How many times have you moved? When was the last time?
I just counted and I think my moves total 16. Wow. I didn't know that. Most of my moves have happened as an adult. My last move was when I got married. Since then I've stayed put.
2. What do you love and hate about moving?
I love the opportunity to de-accumulate. I like finding things I had forgotten about. I like the surprises of encountering a new place, and settling in. I hate: millions of hangers! where did they come from? Discovering that I have so much bric-a-brac, so many miscellaneous decorative items. I also hate leaving, and usually cry a lot.
3. Do you do it yourself or hire movers?
Mostly I have done it myself, with help from various relatives. Twice I had movers, when I moved here to my call in the big city, and of course, when I moved to Japan. Oh, the movers only helped on the way home, when the amount of "stuff" I had increased exponentially. For my move to rural South Dakota, I was helped by three farmers who brought their trucks. I was also helped by many members of my congregations who helped unpack the trucks.
4. Advice for surviving and thriving during a move?
Hmmm. Get help. Don't ever get a hide-a-bed. Or, if you have one, realize that you will have to get different movers every time you move. Nobody will offer to help with it more than once.
5. Are you in the middle of any inner moves, if not outer ones?
No outer moves on the horizon now. I'm always working on moving to a more courageous place inwardly, a place where I can take more risks and dare to fail.
Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what moving means to you.
Right now I'm drawing a blank on this one. If I think of something I'll add it later.
If there is anyone left to come over, this is the song I finally thought of: