The movers come in two days. We’ve been packing and purging and giving away so much, I can’t seem to remember what all I had. The items in my place right now are things I need in the next week or are of sentimental value and cannot be given away.
The rest was shipped to Hawaii yesterday or given away to Salvation Army or friends over the past week.
This morning, I donated my car to the local Humane Society. I’ve had that car for 13 years and we’ve created a lot of memories together. So far, this is the toughest item to part with.
The other tough part was saying goodbye to my aunt and uncle. They’re really my mother’s cousin and wife, but they were like second parents to us growing up.
Their home is the only one that’s left from my childhood. I hugged my aunt goodbye, thinking I was so okay with this move, when I started to cry.
So, maybe leaving the Bay Area isn’t so easy. I’ve had a lot of loss this year and letting go of everything really seemed impossible.
But I did it.
I have pared down to just the few belongings I will carry with me on the plane to Hawaii.
A friend of mine posted this on her Facebook status today:
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. ~Jan Glidewell