The shippers got the moving truck back to our house around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I almost cried when they left. Our house is empty, except for the life raft (air mattress) in the bedroom and it echos. Jeff can no longer mutter under his breath on the other side of the house without me hearing exactly what he’s saying. How do I know this? Experience.
All 14 computers are being recycled today and Mary Jane is en route to her new owner. Our goodbye in the garage was brief, but I did acknowledge how much she’s helped us get ready for today. Jeff drove off with the Bill of Sale and the title clutched in his hand. I’ll collect him from his office at the end of the day.
Today, there are only a couple of things I need to get done. A sweep with a garbage bag to open every cupboard, drawer, closet, cubby, and ensure that they’re clear. A guy is coming at 11:30 to take the last of Jeff’s tools, so I’ll let him into the garage to take them away.
Jeff was happy this morning. A man who has spent his entire life gathering stuff, feels lighter letting go.
‘I think everyone should go through this process. It feels good.’ He said at 5 am laying in the dark. ‘Even if the boat sinks with all the rest of our stuff, I would be OK.’
If there had been any light in the room, he would have seen my jaw drop. Jeff has had a much harder time with this process, than I have. Shucking all he’s worked so hard for. But it seems he’s turned a corner. I relate, because I feel the same way.
Yesterday, I paid our rent for March in Valencia. It made us both feel better that we’re good to go when we land. It’s been a long process, but the time has been necessary. Evolutions take time. Growth can be painful, but it’s always good. We’re ready to go.
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I really admire your courage to make this step into a new life (in the “Old World” 😉 ).
Yes, I am feeling with you, Jeff. I am the same type of person, collecting things all life long (you never know, when you are going to need this tool or this thing one day…) and I am aware of the fact, that reducing and letting go feels so good after all (when you really got to do it).
We wish you all the best for the travelling and a very good start in Valencia.
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Thx Peter! We will see u and Martina in Europe! Less than a week.