Our house is officially on the market. We've had a several showings over the last two weeks and I am more than anxious to progress to the next step. I don't know when a buyer will come along, but that was the whole purpose of getting the house on the market early, to give us time before life in Rochester begins.
I don't know how to say goodbye. I've never been very good at it. I don't know how to tie up loose ends with relationships that will forever be altered by distance. It was difficult to paint over the growth chart Lee and I started for Jeremiah on the kitchen doorframe. Transferring that information over to paper seemed......well, less somehow. But life happens. Change is unavoidable. There is only so much that we can pack up and take with us.
So how do you pack up and take along relationships? Given, the age of social networking has enabled them to continue or re-engage, but what about old-fashioned living life together kind of relationships? Wanting desperately to maintain what once was doesn't necessarily mean that's the healthy, natural progression of them. Almost seven years in Duluth has given us TONS of memories, great friendships, many 'firsts' in our life. It's the longest we've ever spent in one place and even though we've moved several times in our marriage, I feel like I'm learning how to leave and say goodbye all over again. It is not my strength but I want to do it well.