Posted by: Ingrid | June 17, 2010

Gratitude

I have never been so grateful to be staying in the same place.  I feel as if we have measured our marriage by the moves we’ve made, which, aside from being annoyingly alliterative, is quite true.  In three and a half years of marriage we have never managed to stay in the same place longer than a year.  As a person who loathes doesn’t really like change, moving is not high up on my list of fun things to do every year but somehow it was always necessary.

In 2006 I moved to our studio apartment a few weeks before the wedding, saw how small it was and burst into tears.  I then proceeded to unpack with no breaks, eating Godiva chocolate because that was the only accessible food source nearby.

Ten months later we move into graduate-married apartments on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year (105?  107?).  The power then died for the next few days and we unpacked in our swim suits in the dark.

Ten months after that, we moved all our stuff, including the piano, to the apartment directly below us because it was cooler.

A year later we were pregnant, unsure where we were moving next but needed to leave the apartments because Clint graduated.  We moved into temporary housing while the family that lived in the house was in Europe for two months.

Isaac arrived, we packed, cleaned the house while he slept in a basket, and shipped all of our stuff to Michigan.  On moving day it rained and our furniture was so large and the doors so small we had to lift couch and chairs through the window.

A year ago, to the day, this was me.

And this was our apartment.  I think the angle I took them at describes sort of how life felt.

It has been a year now and we are not moving.  All of our stuff is out of boxes.  The house is mostly clean.  The library is unpacked.  This is an unprecidented moment in our marriage and I must say that I am profoundly grateful to be staying put!

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