How have you been? I have been remiss in writing to you timely; the thoughts in my head refused to make themselves apparent when I sat down at my laptop. True, I could have sent you some jumbled, free-form excuse for a post, but you would have seen right through it.
“Wandering and confused, lost to myself, ill-assorted, contradictory, pausing, bending and stopping” — Nicholas Sparks
Yeah, I’m good…thanks..
So – we have moved. Not just around the corner – go big or go home – we moved to another state. Renting a lovely little house until our new home gets built. Ostensibly, this should be completed before the end of the year, but something tells me that’s a concoction of hope combined with good intentions. Looks delicious to drink, with a surprisingly bitter after-taste.
I have found my toothbrush, coffee, hairdryer…the Sirs have found their favorite spots in the backyard, though their enthusiasm is tempered with a bit of anxiety. Andy discovered his sweatpants, iPad and softest t-shirt. All that we’re going to unpack for this temporary stay has been unpacked (let’s not talk about how much remains unopened). I’d say we’ve made progress in a week.
I have found the supermarket, Target and HomeGoods.
I’ve had the delightful company of my almost-six month old granddaughter who discovers the world around her with a contagious delight. We’re learning as we go. My appreciation for the warm welcome from my son and daughter-in-law and her family is greater than my facility with the English language permits me to articulate.
So, I promise you it’s all good – remarkable really, given that we just threw our lives up in the air a week or so ago. And yet…
I’m so lost right now that if someone pointed the exit to a paper bag, I’m not entirely sure I’d find my way out. Directions have never been my long suit. I miss my other son, his wife and yummy daughter, I’ve lost the familiarity of faces that graced my days for years, the enveloping comfort of driving down a street that welcomed me for decades, the subtleties that define ‘home’ and gently imprint themselves on your heart.
Don’t get me wrong – it was time to shake things up. Learn a new neighborhood rhythm, find alternate ways to embrace being lost and learn how to find one’s self (my GPS never seems to have those coordinates). Grab onto some newness to life in a way that one is forced to in situations like this. I’m going to learn how to play the ukulele, start moving these arthritic hips and see if I can at least make them a bit stronger. Slowly wind my way around the maze of uncertainty and trepidation, bump into some privets along the way…I’m going to sit down and have a good cry some days and I’m going to get up and keep going. And one day, we’re going to have a new house, and it will shelter new memories, its walls will contain laughter and love, and family get- togethers will be enhanced by the miracles of two little girls who will define their grandparents’ home in ways I can only imagine.
But right now, I need to figure out where the light bulbs are…