Monday, May 16, 2011

Moving Day is Approaching

My wife and I have been keeping busy by preparing for our upcoming move.  I tell myself that this is the longest we've been in one spot, but we've actually moved two times since arriving here in Okinawa.  After almost twenty years in this gun club, we should be old pros at moving by now, right?

We know enough to get ourselves from point "A" to point "B," but it sure seems like this doesn't get any easier over time.  I do sort of like going through some of the closets and such and finding things that I know I've looked for in the past: "Oh!  That's where this was!"

Another fun fact is that summer is the busiest time for moving in the military; it's often referred to as "PCS Season."  With that, everyone around us seems to be getting ready to move.  In the past, if we were preparing for a move, we could count on giving away stuff to our neighbors.  For example, the movers won't pack up cleaning supplies or liquids of any kind; this is the perfect stuff to hand off to a neighbor, but not if they're getting ready to move too!

It will be interesting to see how much our household goods weigh after the movers pack it up.  I'll dig out the paperwork from when we moved here and compare notes!  Perhaps I should make a small wager with my wife over how much junk we have accumulated since moving here.


kris said...

Has it been six years?! That is a long time in mil years. Brace yourself for the culture shock of coming home.

One expects an overseas tour is going to take some adjustment - but most people don't think that they'll have to get used to their home nation again. Believe me, one does. And I was only on Okinawa for 2 years.

You'll have to think of this move as a new adventure to a foreign land with a bunch of aliens.

Try to get as much Kobe beef while you can!

Louvenia Pinkerton said...

Moving is never going to be easy emotionally. The house is just a house until you settle in. After that, it becomes a home. It protects you, it takes care of you, and it gives you comfort and peace of mind. That’s what makes it so hard to leave. When you leave it, you’re leaving a home and not a house. The attachment is what really makes the difference.