Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oh the places we will go!

My post is late today. Please accept my apologies, but the movers came today. Every time the movers come I envy the people who live the same place all of their lives, the ones who have had the same deep-freezer for 15 years, the same neighbors and the same friends.

Yesterday I said goodbye to my girlfriends in Ghana with a note and a gift that I hope they will wear and think of me and then today, the movers came.

It is interesting to see the differences in my children's reactions when the movers come.  My son won't eat; my daughter's suitcase has been packed for a week.

When people ask me "are you moving to the US for good?" they have no idea what a difficult question that is. The answer varies from "I have no idea" to (as my daughter would say, 'no offence but ...') "I hope not."  I'm not in a witness protection program, but I have 12 moved times in the last 25 years to different countries and different homes within these countries and I have no idea what it means to live anywhere 'for good'. I only know that each new place is a new page in our lives and each place brings with it important live lessons.

What does this have to do with writing? Nothing really, it is just what is real for me because the movers came today. I would love to say that traveling and seeing the world has strengthened my ability to write realistically about new places, but the truth is that our imaginations (and a bit of research) can take us as far as we need to go to write wonderfully interesting, inciteful and realistic stories.


KeVin K. said...

"What does this have to do with writing? Nothing really, it is just what is real for me."

Strike out the 'nothing really' and you have a truth there. We all write what is real to us - even when we're making it all up. It's the real us doing the writing.

I know what an upheaval moving is. I hope all goes much better than you expect and that even your son likes where you end up - however brief 'ending up' turns out to be.

Charles Gramlich said...

12 times in 25 years is a LOT of moving. Lots of experiences too, but a lot of stress I'd guess as well. I personally don't handle moving all that well. Luck with it all.

Jewel Amethyst said...

And I complained when I had to move three times in three months within the same geographic location!

Kudos to you Carol.

Like it is said in the wizard of OZ, home is where the heart is. And whether you're moving around or staying put, you will always find material, real or imagined, to write.

Good luck with your move.

Liane Spicer said...

Hope all goes well with the move, Carol. Your post made me tally my moves and I beat you by 1: 13 moves in the last 25 years, 17 over my lifetime. And I'm not done yet.

There's a line from a song I barely remember: "Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home" or something like that. The adventurer in me concurs, but lately I've found myself longing for a permanent base from which to launch my forays.