When Sunny and I moved to Minnesota five and a half years ago, we always knew it was temporary. That we’d be moving back to the Pacific Northwest eventually. We didn’t think it would take this long. We didn’t know we’d buy a nice little house next to the bike path, walking distance to a park, grocery store, coffee shop, bakery, wine shop, theater and a few restaurants (Do you want to buy a house in a great location?). We didn’t know we’d have a cute, little, squishable, baby, and that she wouldn’t even be a baby anymore by the time we moved (she took her first unassisted steps this week!). But we knew we’d move back.
In a couple of months we’re going to be selling our house and moving into the empty side of Sunny’s brother’s duplex. It’s small. Coraline’s future room is currently a rather large closet. There is a good sized bathroom, a bedroom with no door separating it from the kitchen/dining/living room. So maybe it’s technically a studio. But it has a big yard and Sunny’s brother and his wife will be mere feet away if we want to visit. My mom lives within walking distance and Sunny’s mom is a short bike ride away.
We’re still paring down our belongings. We hope to fit everything we’re moving into two U-Boxes for moving. They’re 8′ x 5′ x 7’6″. We’re not completely sure this is how we’ll move our stuff 1735 miles, halfway across the country, but we are sure we want all of our earthy belongings to fit into that space. Six hundred cubic feet.
A few months ago, Sunny and I realized that, in order to pay for this house, and our other expenses, we’re both working around each other’s schedule, hardly seeing each other; there’s very little time to hang out with friends; and family is far too far away. We couldn’t figure out why we were doing it. When we move home, our personal cost of living will go down, so Sunny won’t have to work (not that she’ll be content with that for long). It’s ironic that in order to have the time to hang out with friends we have to move so far away from the friends we’ve made in Minnesota (come visit us!), but it finally became clear that we aren’t spending time with them now even though they’re so close. It’s a paradox.
In the last couple of months we have left in Minnesota, I’m trying to shift my mental state and take time for the things that are important to me: friends, reading, writing. But it’s even harder as we spend all our free time getting the house ready to sell.
So bring it on winter! I don’t even care that today’s high is a negative number, or that it currently feels like -23. No worries if snows five feet overnight. We can handle it, because this is our last Minnesota winter.