September 18th is the BIG day for the Philip and Cindy Kay family. It’s the day we move from our beloved house of 8+ years and transport all of our belonging to a new house.
As the day draws near I can’t help but begin experiencing a variety of feelings. The first being based on the though of…I can’t wait to get there! I’ve started getting agitated over things about the house and location that never really bothered me before. I just accepted them because… well…this was home. For example. I have a lower kitchen cupboard that is very hard to get things out of. I have to get on my knees and angle myself just so in order to reach some stuff “back in there.” I had to retreive an item the other day and as I was stretching for the casserole dish through the small opening I thought…”The next house has a lazy susan in the corner cupboards. I won’t have to deal with this anymore!” A smile broke out on my face just thinking of the convenience followed quickly by an impatient thought of…I can’t wait to move! There is also the location. It seems to me that there are way more fast drivers on the street with super maxed out stereo systems playing music that can be heard 3 streets over. I yearn for the country road at the new house that is rarely traveled.
The second emotion I have experienced is sadness. It was this house that I brought my babies to. Kendra was 2 1/2 and Javen was 6 months old. I’ve watched my kids grow up in this house. I think back to how they have grown and the things they have learned. I think of the times we’ve spent as a family interacting in this space we have come to call “home.” I think of the friends, family and neighbours who have spent time in this space of ours and helped make memories. I also look at all of the work that has been done on the house. From carpets, to windows, to oak railing and new stairs, to ceramic tile, to electric light fixtures, to countertops, to bathrooms, to raised gardens, and of course…paint. We’ve invested time and labour to make this little house more homey. And now we are leaving and passing this dear home along to another. Yep…it’s sad.
The mix of emotions can be hard to deal with at times. One moment excited with the anticipation of the next venture in our lives paired with sadness for what we leave behind. That’s life. Flip a page and begin the next chapter with all of it’s adventures and memories yet to be written.