He looked at his desk and wondered where his day went. He kept moving things around, putting away the clutter, but he still couldn’t find it. In the morning it dawned on him…
Something about sitting down, eyes closed, not moving
The outside slows down and the inside opens up
It allows you to shed the pull of society’s hectic current
Letting you find a spot of calm that is at your core
Leaving you reenergized when you emerge from being…
Proof that you are moving forward can be hard to find
Realize that sometimes just not going backwards as fast is something
Or stay still as everyone around you marches somewhere you don’t want to go
Grieve when you need to grieve, that allow you to move forward
Rest when you are tired. That allows you to move forward
Every step might feel like you are wading through a riptide
So much of life can be like that
Still, one step, then another, always trying. That is how it works. Give yourself credit for…
Outside, the darkness was pierced by the full moon
Making the fallen leaves look hauntingly surreal
It was then we she heard the sound of something approaching
Nearer it got, the faster it seemed to be moving, the louder it became, the harder her heart beat
Old primal fears rose from the depths of her hindbrain. She began to flee the sound
Undulating ground eventually caught her foot causing her to sprawl to the ground
Still, the sounds were getting closer, faster, louder.
Dramatic undulations littered the moving landscape
Under the constant onslaught of sun and wind
Never the same from minute to minute
Entropy hard at work
Motivated to keep on moving
Until I can’t move anymore
Seems like a recipe for fitness
Could be, but that would mean the day after
Letting my body get its revenge
Every fiber letting me know what I did
So I sit here. sedentary, in a negotiated peace.
Reaching out without touching
Enabling change without moving
More inventions using voice were created
Only they paled at the ability to point and click
The universe of television opened up
Even when you didn’t have kids to change the channel
I’ve been helping move friends of mine the past couple of days, and it reminds me of two important things.
The first is you can take it with you, but do you really want to? We have only so much space in our lives and living spaces for stuff. Some of us have a higher tolerance than others for what things need to stay, but we get ready to move every item is held in your hand with the same question poised, “Do we really need that?” So many of our things and memories are linked to what we have and where we are. We can afford to keep ten of X or have three extra Y. When we have to move our residence we realize what was folly, what was overindulgence, and what had just overstayed its welcome yet found a place in our space such as not to impinge too much. Moving shakes this paradigm and lets the chips fall where they may.
The second one is of spatial reasoning. It is always amazing how much more stuff can be stuffed into a smaller space as one uses their well honed Tetris skills in space time manipulation. You can take a 2000 square foot house and compact it into a 27 foot long trailer. This is amazing, but not as amazing as the time it takes to do all of it. What you think should only take a couple of hours takes most of a day. Part of that are the trips down memory lane with each new discovery from the previous point. It was nice helping someone else get ready since every time I have moved, except for the first time out of my parent’s house, was done under time duress. Every box we took out of the house took us one step closer, but at the same time the time eaten put more pressure on getting it because we had to be out the next day or two. My friends are under a time crunch, but not that hard, so it was nice to be more deliberate, but at the same time they have other stresses such as most of their stuff is now in a Tetris puzzle in a 27 foot trailer and the house they currently are living in is now an echo chamber for the last week of them living there. I’m sure time will seem to fly by, but also last forever as they eat on folding chairs and a card table.
As I contemplate my own move that will happen hopefully within the next year I wonder how me and my family will figure out solutions to these two things. I have ducked the problem by commuting for the past six years, but too many nights not coming home to the family has grown old. Taking a peek into what then future might hold grounds me and allows me to start thinking about the future. Still, first I need to create a test for Wednesday, so if you’ll excuse me, I must be moving on.
Pricilla looked around her new apartment and groaned. “I am going to die from cardboard poisoning,” she said. She looked at the first box in the cardboard jungle and thought about opening it. Then she turned back to the gin bottle on the table next to her freshly made tonic water and thought that would be infinitely better.
“Don’t you dare be drinking anymore before you get some unboxing done girly girl.”
Pricilla moaned, but with a smile on her face. “Damn it Max, now you can read minds?”
Max walked out of the doorway to their bedroom. He was dressed in his leopard print robe and black dress socks. “Honey, I put a ring on that finger,” Max said. “That means we are like connected, so give it up and cut loose. Who knows what you’ll find in that treasure-trove of cardboard.”
Pricilla wondered what he had on underneath that robe. She wondered quickly if she could get his mind off unpacking by seducing him. She whipped took off her t-shirt, showing her lacey black bra underneath. “Forget the treasure-trove, I want to do a different type of exploring,” she said.
“Man, it is quite hot in here,” Max said, fanning himself. “Just means we need to find a fan in one of these boxes to cool it off while we work.”
Pricilla frowned. “You’re no fun. Why did I marry you again?” she asked.
Max picked up a box cutter and opened a random box. “You wanted to live the high life girly girl. What’s more exciting than opening up a billion birthday presents, and it’s not even your birthday,” Max said. He pulled out a lamp and a couple of stuffed animals used to wedge the lamp inside. “See, look at this one. “ He threw one of the stuffed animals, a bear he had won for her at the state fair the week before they were engaged. It hit her in her pouty mouth. “Bullseye!”
“Birthday presents?” Pricilla asked.
Max nodded. “That’s the ticket, Honey. Open them like you stole them,” he said.
“Then I should dress appropriately,” Pricilla said. She unhooked her bra and let it fall to the floor.
“Girly girl, you’re making it hard for a man to do some honest work,” Max said, but he didn’t reach for another box.
Pricilla stood up and removed her shorts and panties. “Now I’m in my birthday suit,” she said. “Now do you still want to open presents, or should we explore our bedroom?”
Max put down his box cutter. “Honey, are you always going to fight dirty like that? You know we have all these boxes to unpack,” he said.
Pricilla didn’t answer. She just walked past Max, swaying her naked hips as she went into the bedroom. “The boxes will still be there in the morning,” she said.
Max looked at the boxes and the bedroom. “Girly girl, I should just leave you to your own devices and get this job done.” There were no noises from the bedroom. Max looked at all the cardboard and shuddered. “Okay, honey, on second thought you’re right.”
He put down his box cutter and headed into the bedroom. There Pricilla lay in bed on her side, giving him a full view of herself. “Of course I am,” she said with a huge smile on her face. “That’s the real reason why you married me.”
“You’ve got me girly girl,” Max said as he climbed into bed next to her.
“I know I do,” Pricilla said as she gave Max a deep kiss. “I know I do.”