Inspired by Packing Up…
As most of you know, I’m moving next week. I can still barely believe we’re leaving Maine and New England, where I’ve lived almost my whole life. It isn’t that I haven’t moved before. There was suburban Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Boston, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and then Kennebunkport, Maine. But this is different, it’s a move to an unfamiliar place with real professional movers whose fee is based not only on distance, but also on how much the truck weighs.
Killing my darlings.
The process of sorting and packing isn’t unlike editing and revising. Things come to light that I’d completely forgotten. Holding certain items in my hands, I can’t believe I ever liked them. Other times, it’s like seeing a beloved friend and having a silent conversation about a certain period of my life.
Which items are worth their weight? Which aren’t? Which deserve a place in my “new” story?
Some pieces can be re-purposed, fit into a different space where they will shine. But not always. The losers end up in our yard sale. It’s always entertaining to see which objects catch the attention of strangers and find their way into a new story. Still others blow their second chance and go to the Goodwill store where there’s a larger audience. As for the true rejects, well, it’s a tragic ending.
Have you moved a lot during your life? Have you made big moves or small ones?
And because I can’t think of a better occasion to enjoy some Mr. Bean humor…
I will try to get a post ready for next week, but I may not succeed. Either way I will put the Linky codes up next Wednesday. Hopefully we’ll have an internet connection soon after we move in on June 22.
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