Walking through The Big Top this afternoon, passing the boxes in the sitting room and the kitchen that have yet to be unpacked, Hazel declared that it looks like we are all done with moving…and in her nearly eight year old wisdom and mercy, she pronounced it all to be good. It was then that I pointed out that regardless of all of the unpacked boxes and the big to-do list on the refrigerator and the pantry from IKEA that still needs to be delivered (and assembled), Papa STILL needs to get the garage organized because Mima needs to park her Dory car in the garage. So no, we are not all done moving.
Oh. …You’re right, Mima. You’re not done yet.
Such is the almost never-ending adventure that is moving and setting up the new Big Top. There is always something that needs to be done, to be hung, to be put away, to be fixed, to be tossed, to be ordered, to be installed. At least I have begun pounding holes in the walls a lot sooner than last time. Perhaps because this feels more like a place to stay, a place to live and place that doesn’t remind me of the dream that we lost in a short sale.
It felt that way when we first saw this place and walked through it and tried to imagine
all of our stuff most of our stuff in it…even the laundry room, because I do still live for laundry.
Hmmm…looks like there is no gas hook-up for our dryer, honey. That is going to be a problem…
Our dryer is electric.
I’m pretty sure it’s a gas dryer…
No. I installed it. I should know. We have an electric dryer.
Okay…:::moving on to the next room and imagining, planning:::
Then, moving day, the end of the day as the last load is being loaded off of the truck and brought into the new Big Top:
So honey, guess what?
About the dryer…
What about the dryer?
Well, our dryer is a gas dryer.
Like I told you that it was.
That’s a problem.
It’s a good thing I budgeted a little extra for this move. :::mentally erasing the plans I had for that little extra:::
And that, boys and girls, is how I had a new dryer delivered today. No, not cherry red, like it’s older partner. Shinier, newer, very white but promises to work just as hard and as efficient and green. And today I find myself to be super excited about doing laundry because it has been two weeks since I was last able to do laundry. Two weeks makes for a lot of laundry here under the new Big Top.
I don’t mind.
I was right…
as I often am.
And I have a shiny new electric dryer.
On to the next adventure that is making this new Big Top home.
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us.