Long gone are the days when I could load everything I own into my little Honda, uproot and move in a few hours. Even still, there’s something strangely cathartic about the stress of a move. I think it has to do with the purging of stuff — the shedding of unneeded, unnecessary, unwanted items that pile up in a house when nobody is looking and become the dead weight of clutter. My rule is this: if I haven’t worn it or used it within the last year, it doesn’t move with me. I make very few exceptions. For me, there’s nothing worse than going through all the work of unpacking a box only to find something carefully wrapped up that isn’t even worth the paper and cardboard it took to transport it across the country. I spend months before a move weeding through all the closets, tossing everything into keep, donate and/or throw away piles with the expectation that I will be happy to unpack on the other end.
Last Thursday, I watched as Dax and Ron loaded the truck with the contents of our entire townhome in Virginia (well, except for the couches — they wouldn’t fit, so we left them behind.) At the end of those days, I stand and watch as the truck turns the corner and fades off into late afternoon traffic, and I’m always struck by the powerful realization that it’s just STUFF, and all whom I treasure most are left standing with me.
Early Easter Sunday, we sat on the front steps of our new home on the other end waiting for Dax and Ron to arrive. We listened to the bird who lives in the Magnolia tree out front, he changes his song every few seconds. We sipped coffee and listened in amazement. Whenever I think of moving to New Orleans, I’ll think of that little bird and his songs.
As it turned out, Dax spent the night on Bourbon St. and we didn’t see much of him that morning 🙂 but Ron and his crew of locals came at 6 a.m., bearing boxes, including boxes 147-153 which is Christine Gacharna Photography condensed into a very small space. After that, the neighbors began to arrive. Thus begins this next chapter in our lives, The New Orleans Chapter.