Guess What We’re Doing?

No prizes offered, just the quiet satisfaction of your own cleverness:

Photo by Roo Reynolds

Moving House

Soon the house will be filled again,
Our boxes have been carried off,
The walls are bare, we only leave
White patches where our pictures hung.
Dust settles widely now among
The places where we used to move.

And though we are most glad to go
We want to leave some hint behind,
Nothing so powerful as a ghost
But some part of us to remind
New tenants whom we do not know
That the old house is not resigned

To wind and dust and spaces cut
Clean where our furniture was put.
We want to flourish our old selves
And frighten the new owners, but
We quite forget they will be glad
To find some trace upon the shelves
Of our own past, that what they dread,
Like us, is space untenanted.

Elizabeth Jennings

Tomorrow the packers, Thursday the loaders, Friday the deliverers — sounds like a nursery rhyme, doesn’t it?

This lovely photo and elegant poem paint a serene facade over what is in fact a scene of almost unbridled chaos. The Last Laundry will be done tonight and the Last Hot Meal has already been cooked. (Heating up soup doesn’t count.). What moving calls for besides equanimity, perseverance, unflappability, faith in the future and major organizational skills: COURAGE.

So until we have navigated our way out of this harbor and safely into the next, my blog posts encourage me  (and anyone else in the market for some) to


that wonderful Japanese phrase meaning, Keep on with it! Go ahead! Forward! Be Strong! In short, courage!

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12 Responses to Guess What We’re Doing?

  1. David Elpern says:

    Good luck in the coming month! I look forward to seeing you in Northampton some day. Just back from an idyll in Hawaii — the cold weather is refreshing. Aloha, Dave


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Happy to know there’s someone who calls our weather “refreshing.”
      Your Hawaii photos are beautiful: THEY are refreshing!
      (Thanks for the wishes, we can use ’em.)


  2. Pauline says:

    Thinking of you as you make the big move – and then I will think of you the next time I am in Florence. Cassie is excited about meeting you. Be sure to keep in touch!


  3. Jen Payne says:

    Best wishes for safe transport from here to there, and armfuls of welcome when you arrive!


  4. Stef says:

    You can do it Judith! Thinking of you today (and tomorrow), and wishing you Bonne Courage!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      I’m reading your comment standing at the kitchen counter with my computer because there’s nowhere to sit! The packers packed everything yesterday, and the movers left a couple of hours ago, and there’s nothing left in the house. Limbo state: we’ll move into the new place tomorrow, us and a few pieces of furniture and 102 boxes!!!!!! Keep those wishes coming, Madame!


  5. Judy
    In time, you will settle into your new home, and, with that, a somewhat different life will begin. After awhile, it will seem like the norm and you will feel that you are at home.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      I think that will come sooner rather than later.
      All the furniture cooperated and placed itself quite nicely; if we could find a few plates and knives and forks — and one skillet to fry an egg in — I think we’d be happy settlers!
      Thanks for the encouragement, Martin.


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