"Those who put on itchy
sweaters start every day
from scratch." -unknown
This week marks the beginning of seemingly perpetual transition for our family…and I don’t love it. We move out of our apartment in 2 days. We live in limbo with family for 3 weeks. We live in limbo in the DR for 1 week while we try to find a more permanent apartment. We settle in for 10 months, then try to transition back to the U.S. (look for preschools, neighborhoods, employment for my partner). We live somewhere for 1-2 years while I write up my dissertation…then we may move again when I graduate and look for faculty positions.
It makes me exhausted to think about. Really, I’m tired.
Granted, I’m probably tired because the only time we have to pack boxes is when the kids are sleeping. So that means late nights trying to decide how much I really need two staplers. But transition is uncomfortable…like an itchy sweater. Nothing too serious, but just enough to bug the crap out of you.
I’ve also had to come to terms with my personal frustrations during this phase. I’m sad to leave Durham. We’ve lived here for 4 years – the longest time I have lived anywhere in my adult life. I’m anxious about what lies ahead. Even though I have faith that amazing things are ahead, uncertainty makes me uncomfortable (see This Kaleidoscope Life entry). And I don’t like living out of boxes and suitcases.
But you know what? I am so lucky to have this opportunity for our family.
So, we are visiting our favorite places in Durham for the last time, making lists on dry erase boards to quell my anxieties, and labeling each box with details so I can find things if I need to.
Let the (itchy) fun begin!