I don't usually do this but Tess's post yesterday (the one about Fried Brain Syndrome) hit me with the need just HUG TESS. We are obviously true sister's of the heart because I'm dealing with this issue too. Seems there's too much to do and not enough time in which to do it. At the moment, I'm sprawled on my daughter's couch (in her brand new apartment) trying to come up with ways to avoid ever moving AGAIN. We've been moving her into her new place since last week and I ache in places I never knew I had. I hurt my right foot somehow and it's swollen and lumpy looking so, yes, I hobble now. My back is killing me and I spend most moments of my day scrambling from one place to another dealing with yet another detail involved with moving.
We've almost finished this chore...thank GOD and yesterday the final box was unpacked and hauled to the dumpster at her apartment complex. The weekend was insane with an explosion of moving vans and packed-to-the max trucks. Harried parents sweated their asses off in over 100 degree temps and I suspect that through it all there was some evidence of temper. Fortunately my daughter and I survived the ordeal with a minimum of 'snappishness'. I've found though, in the wake of this, that I just can't THINK. I know I have a gazillion and one things waiting for me at home and I'm already drastically behind but my brain just isn't fully functioning at the moment.
A few nights ago, I looked back on moves in the past. We've had a few but not an overload like others have had. Which were hardest? Moving kids...definitely. As a parent we want to make sure they have everything they need to help them be successful...whether it's in college or a new job. We know they are out in the world without US and there is a certain amount of worry with that too. Mainly it's harder because we are OLDER. Facing flight of stairs with all those heavy boxes is beyond torture but we do it, don't we?
I'll be heading home in a few days knowing she is settled into the perfect place and ready to kick off her junior year in college. And me? I'm hoping to regain flexibility in my muscles and locate my brain. I hope it wasn't packed by mistake.