It is a morning of intentional deep breathing for me and for this living thing called my home.
In the next week two people are moving out and two people are moving in.
Rachel is vacating the nest she has lived in for two years. She has been a most delightful roomie, breezing through the days with updates on life and adventures. While working AmeriCorps, the third floor of our home was a cheap place to live (the coffee pot is always on, not a bad side benefit). Now that she has a grown-up girl job in her field (pinch me! It’s so fine!) she is moving into an apartment with friends. It’s time and it is right and I will miss her. Luckily she will be only five blocks away. This I like.
Son Jameson is moving out. He landed here six weeks ago after a near-year adventure in New Orleans working AmeriCorps. At 21, his sense of play and need for friend gaggle is great, so having a house of his own is a near desperate desire. He got the word yesterday that his rental dream house is his, so he will move this week. He will be a mile or so away, able to come and go and congregate and music make as he pleases. This is good.
With Rachel’s move in the offing, we decided to rent out the third floor, so on the 31st we will move into uncharted while familiar territory: sharing our space, but this time, with a renter. She will have access to the kitchen and will need to enter and leave through common space. She is a nice young woman. I think this will work.
And, frosting on the cake and almost unbelievable to my heart, my eldest daughter is moving back to her people. Leah has been in Denver making life and learning much and having done her time, she is coming home to a great new job and a rejoicing fan club. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I don’t have to steel myself for inevitable good-byes. I get to see her and hear her and be with her and love her crazy from a much kinder distance. She will live here for a time until she finds her own abode. Our house will be filled with her beauty and the fruits of her tiny bread-kneading hands. She returns bringing with her Chela, a pit bull mix. I’m trying to send peaceful energies to my creaky black lab and to the energetic and not-well-dog-socialized Chela. May peace reign in their hearts!
So, a Saturday morning spent alone in this house soon to be stirred into changed and new life is a precious gift.