"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
— Walt Disney
The Felkins family has yet to master the art of moving, which is surprising considering we’ve done it so many times.
By my best recollection, our latest move this weekend will make our ninth in about 15 years. And even though this move marks the shortest in distance, it doesn’t make it any easier.
In fact, I can stand at my front door and nearly see the back door of our new home about 50 yards away. I would be able to see it were it not for another building in between, though I think I could throw a rock and hit it.
I know a talented quarterback, like say Russell Wilson, could throw a football and hit it, even on the first try.
Alas, I digress.
Again relying on my best recollection, this move rivals any we’ve made in the past in terms of distance. The former record was set when Mary and I moved from a second-floor apartment into a cozy cottage around the corner just after we were married in Selma, Ala.
Even though we set the record for moving the shortest distance, the shortest length of stay in one place remains intact. At just more than 15 months in our most recent home, the current record holder was a six-month stint in Edgefield, S.C. We moved there from Augusta, Ga. to allow me to be closer to work just before another job took us elsewhere.
We had two children then. Our third just turned 6 years old last week. It makes me realize that times, locations and even family dynamics change. For us, change appears to be the norm.
Just to clarify, we live in a townhome community in Lebanon that features two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Considered among the hotspots for living arrangements in town – along with the fact we had no other option when we moved to Lebanon given the time constraints – we opted for a three bedroom.
So when a four bedroom became available recently, we jumped at the chance for each of our children to have his or her own room. It’s our hope it will cut down on some of the insanity, but I’m not sure whether I have a frame of reference on what that’s like.
It harkens me back to those eight other moves we’ve made as a family. Taking into consideration the time I moved to college, the move I made in college and the one I made to Selma after college, this is No. 12 for me. I’m quite certain my wife had the same number of moves during that time, as well. So that’s 15 between us.
As I look around our home as I write this column on the eve of our latest move, my observation is we are nowhere near prepared. There are some packed boxes, but there’s still a lot to do. But I seem to recall the same feelings all those other times
The good news is, this time around, we won’t have to go far if we forget something. That certainly eases the mind a bit.
Inevitably, as you are reading this, we will have everything moved into our new digs and will be well into the throws of unpacking. And boy, that part is such the highlight.
All this trouble just for a little added sanity to our lives. I certainly hope it’s worth it.
Jared Felkins is The Democrat’s director of content. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @paperboyfelkins.