On February 28, 2017, I watched all 8,313 pounds of our household belongings be loaded into seven crates. This is an odd perspective, seeing everything we own (clothes, furniture, etc.) covered with a thick tarp being driven away.
Sixty-three days later, on May 2nd, these belongings -now noted as 3,770 kilograms- were delivered to our new house on the eastern coast of Sicily.
- 8,313 pounds
- 242 boxes
- all fit into 7 crates
…That folks, that is just stuff.
- 2 beautiful children
- 1 intact family searching for adventure in this world
….These friends, these are gifts we’ve been given by life. It is our responsibility to remember to remain grateful and embrace the gifts life provides us.
We’ve started on a new adventure life offered our family this spring. There are still many challenges in my life, but I maintain an unwavering optimism to overcome these obstacles.
Stay tuned for my series of See Sicily With Me.
I am sending a free copy of my book, BrainStorming: Functional Lessons from aDysfunctional Brain, to some support groups and rehabilitation centers in America. Have you worked with any group you feel would benefit from my book? If so, please suggest where I should send a copy.
My hope is they pass it around and share stories so others know they are not alone in this journey.
It is time to power up the computer and start writing again. Thankfully I have had a few organizations ask me to speak with a short-term notice. It is good to keep busy. In late October, we were scheduled to move. We were ready. We had down-sized. The kids were not getting involved in many programs at school (easier to leave). We were mentally prepared to go. The day before the moving company came, we were told this transition would be placed on hold. My husband was needed on another work trip before we could leave.
I am used to moving. We have had about a dozen different addresses. I rather enjoy the process. I like meeting new people and seeing new places. This move however, this move was entirely different. According to Google, it would take us 6,680 miles/ 10,750 km. We had been fully prepared to move from the United States to Sicily. Now we had to wait.
As much as I enjoy it, moving is a stressful event. It takes a lot of planning. Many phone calls and various arrangements have always needed to be made when we went from city to city. Moving from our home country to half-way around the world exponentially increases the items on a to-do list.
Early this fall I stopped scheduling speaking engagements. Since we were leaving the country soon, I forced myself to mentally say so-long to that part of my journey. Oh my how I miss classroom visits! My focus has been centered solely on my family. When you are in high school, as my kids are, a sudden adjustment like this causes your world to be turned upside down. Their dad had to leave immediately for a long work trip, and now a move date is no longer tomorrow yet lingering in their just out of reach future.
It’s time now to readjust my focus. The shock has worn off. The routines have been created. The computer is back on. I am ready to write again. Yes, moving is stressful. But, I have learned, not being able to make a planned move on time is much, much more stressful.