Despite the fact that we have moved out of our house, and we fly out one week from today, the work is not complete.
We had the house cleaned from top to bottom and the rental manager will have the carpets shampooed after we give the word. The fridge and freezer and pantry are still full, sadly, so we have to transfer the contents to a food pantry.
Today’s schedule was packed with pre-move tasks. I started my day with an 8:00 doctor appointment to get an extra three months worth of all of our family’s prescriptions. With 6 people, that’s a lot of medication! After that appointment, I drove home, picked up Dwight, and returned to the clinic for an appointment to check his ears. He’s had a series of ear infections in the past couple of months and a history of 6 ear surgeries, so we need to make sure the infection has completely cleared, which it hasn’t. He will be on low dose antibiotics for the next month, until we can get set up with a doctor in Taipei. I also saw my doctor about a move/packing related back injury. It only takes one awkward move to really ruin the day, and perhaps put a major damper on the already foreboding 22 hour plane trip.
Meanwhile, Horatio was preparing my car, a white minivan the kids affectionately refer to as “the family Ferrari,” for shipment to Taiwan. This process involves a mass of paperwork and having the car cleaned inside and out. Part of the paperwork is a document we need to print from the internet and we have no access to a printer. So, he is driving to a friend’s house to use their computer and printer. He had to go to FedEx to make seven copies of his orders, and one each of several other documents. Tomorrow we will drive to Baltimore, to the shipment port, at which point the vehicle will be inspected for dirt and damage and must hold less than 1/4 tank of gasoline and contain nothing but car essentials. We won’t see the car again for months.
Dwight depends on his longboard for entertainment and stress relief We want to let him hand carry it on the trip so that he can use it as soon as we get to our new house. It is too large to fit into one of the huge duffel bags we have, so we have to find a way to transport it on the plane. Horatio found a plastic bike case on Craigslist, so he is investigating that. I think we can just wrap it up in brown paper, or take it to the UPS Store to have a box made, but we’ll see.
It is now 5:00 and we are still in the midst of pre-move tasks. Dwight is having a few friends over to hang out in one hour, and then he’s spending the night at one of the friends’ houses. He’s been keeping himself busy with his buddies. He’s really going to miss his social circle and I’m glad he’s making the most of the time we still have here. He is hosting 2 guys and 2 girls. It’s his first gathering of this kind. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and is thinking clearly about his situation. He isn’t looking for a girlfriend because, “we are moving to Taiwan, Mom! What’s the point?” He’s enjoying his friends and has a positive attitude about making new ones when we move.
Young Bob had his best friend over today, too. They laughed and swam and played basketball. It was bittersweet to see. He and Red (not his real name) have been friends since they were six years old. They plan to stay in touch by texting, Facetiming, and playing Xbox together remotely.
I’ve put up an emotional wall around myself when it comes to bidding farewell to my own friends and family, but I’m finding it harder to suppress the crushing feelings when it comes to seeing my children having to say goodbye… That’s a completely different post, though. More on that later.