During the two days I spent at the new house, I went through all the boxes out of storage that were delivered last week and I came to the conclusion that most can be given away. I mean - I have lived without this stuff for three years: Do I really need it??
After all, I have yet to use those crystal decanters we received for our wedding twenty years ago, so why do I still have them? We don't like to keep alcohol out so what's the use of putting any we have in a decanter?
There were a few things that I remember asking for and getting...but some items were still in their original boxes. Obviously, I didn't really know what to do with them after I got them.
A large part of what I unpacked were memories those. So many keepsakes....the kids' baby clothes...blankets....items they made me. Of course, those won't be thrown out. I set them aside to go through later when our life is normal again.
Some of the best parts of the day were seeing the kids' faces light up when they saw something they remembered from our former life. The wonder in their eyes seemed like Christmas. Some items were so precious....I'm glad I still have all those little things I bought in Japan....brings back such good memories.
And more importantly I fell in love with my house. It's so different than what we had in Guam - or even in Maryland. But I think it's going to be perfect for us. We will have to get rid of some of our furniture. But as Drew said he bought the house for our life-style not for the furniture we have. We're really are looking forward to being settled in and able to have family and friends over.
Speaking of friends...we met two of our neighbors. One was a family of four - the boy same age as Ben and will attend the local public school as well. It was refreshing and reassuring to hear how much they liked the school and neighborhood. We also met an older lady that lives a few houses down. She was living in New Orleans, but made her way to north after Katrina.
I think life will be good there....as soon as the rest of our stuff arrives and we can actually live there...