Our move from house to condo, which I mentioned in The beginning, was delayed by a week.
On one hand, the delay gave us a healthy break from the intense activity around selling our house and the significant effort required to pack up and complete the move. On the other hand, the disruption and extra work associated with making this transition have left us feeling even farther from the simpler life we’re trying to create. We want it to be over! I wish I could draw on Buddhist teachings and offer some wise and inspirational words about accepting the journey and finding learning opportunities along the way, but what I know better is Midwestern Calvinist-, children of the Depression-style philosophy: put one foot in front of the other.
Here’s another example of how we are simplifying. All of this stemware and barware—some of it coated in a visible layer of dust—went to Goodwill. My husband brought the lager glasses to our relationship 17 years ago, and I thought we should keep them so we could serve beer properly (we and our friends drink beer from the bottle). The wine glasses were acquired for Beaujolais Nouveau parties we stopped hosting before our son was born (parties which will not be happening in our rental condo, which has new beige carpeting). We don’t drink Champagne. If you’re asking yourself “Why did they keep these things for so long?,” all I can say is “Yes.”