How many significant coincidences can you recall in your life ? I wish we could pull up a chair at my round table and have some tea to reminisce and maybe get goose bumps.
I have told this story repeatedly. It’s old. For those who don’t know me, it will still carry the point. For those who have heard it, skip it unless you like the detours. In fact, as I begin to tell it , I know I should write a blog about the essentials in moving because I did so far too many times. Maybe you wouldn’t want to hear it. I say to pack a suitcase with books, and one with seven days change of clothes. I wish I had done just that. One can be an established minimalist by realizing the freedom of not spending precious time packing and unpacking and making things fit where they don’t, won’t, and shouldn’t.
Let me just say that BEFORE the ninth move, the address number was 1198. My heart goes there because I actually painted twelve gates in a glorious garden surrounding a pool. Each entrance then with a panel had two sides. I felt inspired to paint zany designs coupled with cherished quotes. Oh, I wished to write a book and could never muster the time t concentrate, to be organized, to fully cross the t’s and dot the i’s…
Coco Chanel muttered one sweet day, “Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.” We actually had three on the path behind this gate… Though we now have seven hens and one rooster, I’m not certain a hen lays two eggs. Cocoa Chanel of course must have regarded the value of elbow grease in getting things done… She had a point. Moving requires the strength of an ox. No wonder my mother once said I reminded her of a horse. She thought she was being complimentary. I didn’t get it then. I do now,
I decided both sides of the panel to the gates would be a chapter and thus began my solace in life to finally pursue the unfulfilled dream. Make plans gingerly in life because the scales may tip delicately off balance. That is the kindest way I can say our bed and breakfast was shut down along with five hundred others overnight eight years ago. No matter the details except to avert to the fact that the least predictable twist of fate made the last move feel like an eviction.