Today we said goodbye to our house of nearly 10 years and hit the road headed south on I5. I walked around the house and said goodbye to each room with my son. He’s a great sport about it all. His enthusiasm for this adventure has only validated that we made great decisions to pursue this. When we got to his room, and he said, “Goodbye room,” I sounded off, “Goodbye to your first room.” He smiled back and said something about our new house should have a treehouse; I have to agree with his logic, a treehouse would be cool.
It took all morning to pick up the pack up and methodically place our belongings into the appropriate places around our new home for at least the next 30 days. Surprisingly we could have fit more stuff, but luckily we don’t need more. Less is more these days, and not just more; it’s liberating.
I have to confess, saying goodbye to the house. I had a rush of emotions. We had a lot of experiences in that home. It was the first house my wife and I purchased together; it was the first “home” over our son’s head, and it is where the vast majority of our memories as a family originated. Those feelings will continue to gel over the coming weeks, and the new experiences will start to augment the old. I am also anticipating many of the ideas floating around my head to start to gel, and I look forward to sharing them with my family to see where the common threads are that will form the next chapter of our lives.
There really isn’t a better place to ponder the future than on a road trip with my family. I am completely excited and looking forward to sharing the experience. Thanks for dropping by to catch up on our progress. If you have any suggestions for things or places we should try to see in the Southwest US, don’t hesitate to share them with me.
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