Packing is such an odd experience. Just to clarify I don't mean the kind of packing where you go on vacation. I mean the kind of packing where you are moving to a new place. I've never really had this experience before so for me, its all-new territory and I knew that it would be a mixture of emotions. I knew that me packing up my own belongings might make me go through different stages that I wasn't ready for.
Yesterday I got the news that my dad got boxes and bubble wrap. That meant I could go ahead and pack up some fragile items that I won't need for when I hit the road. So of course, I spent a good portion of three hours packing. I Started with the fragile things I got from my grandmother's place and moved onward to my own collection. From there I picked up my many books that were chilling in the closet. I kid you not, there are so many books that I just don't have the heart to get rid of. I even set aside ones that I want to re-read. Technically we still have three months or so before we have to be out of this amazing home so I have plenty of time to read all of them.
From there I cleaned out the unimportant things in my closet. Beanie Babies, old CD's, parts for pinball machines, old Mardi Gra masks, extra parts for a dresser, and other items that would take me forever to list. Once I was done packing up the basic things I took a look at my first stack. The empty wall space I used to have is now full. It's so many items that I just have for the memories or to fix things. It's nuts how many things a person can own.
To be honest, though I am glad that I don't have as much stuff as I used to. I'm more than positive that if I did this when I was sixteen I would have twice as many boxes and it would have been a nightmare. But here I am, an "adult" packing up my belongings for the new home my dad will live in for however long he chooses.
Once this load is at the house I'm sure that the reality that this is actually happening will settle in but right now it still feels like a fairy tale. Like it's not happening at all even though the boxes I packed are right behind me.
The next few months are going to be so crazy.
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