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Thoughts On Moving Households

Story ID:6028
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Louisburg KS USA
Year:2010
Person:Karen and Steve
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Karen and Steve are moving to a new house. They took the big plunge last summer by deciding to build a house in a rural subdivision. They would be the general contractors, hiring subs and doing as much as they could themselves, with the help of a few friends.

Now, all these many months later, the new house is almost ready. Lots of little things to be done yet but they need to be out of the old one by Thursday of this week. The house sat on the market from October til late April before it sold, so they were willing to be out when the buyer asked.

Ken and I have been helping out daughter and son-in-law this week-end pack up the old house. More physical labor than these two not-so-very-young people need, but we're happy to be able to help out. It's beeen hectic and also a bit confusing to 3 1/2 yr old Cole. He knows he's going to a new house, but I don't thnk he's realized that he's leaving the old one--for good! Almost-7 yr old Jordan has it all figured out, and she's excited because her best friend lives across the street from the new house.

You learn a lot by packing up the belongings of a family. I've smiled at some of the things they've saved, the children in paticular. Little bits and pieces to remind them of good times or special people. I've come across many things we've given each family member as gifts over the years, photos in frames of both sides of the family. All the things that make a house a home.

We've wrapped things and boxed them over and over in all the rooms. But they aren't just things, this is a family's life sitting in all the boxes stacked up in every room. It's a part of who they are. Eventually, all the boxes will be unpacked and the treasures of a marriage will be spread around a new house. New house, old house---it doesn't matter. This is a family and all a part of them.

They move from one home to another, but continue to be the family that began on a wedding day not so many years ago. I'm sure 8 years ago on their wedding day, I would never have believed Ken andI would be spending this week-end filling boxes and cleaning out a house for them. Life takes us down some interesting paths, and this is only one of them.