By The Wiz
We’re moving. I have some advice for people who are moving. Don’t tell anybody.
I really think that if we ever move again, I’m just going to sneak out in the middle of the night, and then leave a note on my friend’s door, “Moved out of state. See you at Christmas.” That way, I won’t have to deal with people walking around and treating me like I’m at my own funeral for a couple of months.
We’re not going until the first part of June due to school scheduling. But since we are getting the house ready to list (sans palm tree, thank you very much) and DH has to give notice at work, and we told our kids, we had to start telling people so the kids wouldn’t just tell everyone without us knowing.
I’ve classified the reactions into the following:
1.The Chick Flick Reaction. These are the people whose eyes well up with tears and/or burst out crying when you tell them. Reserved for close friends, family, and young children.
2.The “Non” Reaction. These are people who couldn’t care less and pretty much don’t care that you know it. “Have fun with that” is pretty much the consensus here, and they might think twice if they want to buy your house, but otherwise, it interrupts nothing in their thought process. Reserved for well, most people.
3.The “I don’t-care-but-I’m-going-pretend-that-I-do” people. People that actually belong in category 2, but like to pretend they’re in category 1, for whatever reason. I think these people are trying to be polite, but it’s a very strange phenomenon to witness: ”Oh no! Well, I guess that’s best.” “How sad! Well, what do you want for dinner?” The flopping continues until they feel enough remorse has been expressed, and then the move will never be spoken of again, and possibly forgotten, until it actually happens.
4. HOW DARE YOU?! Run away. Run away.
So I have just barely started telling people, and now I have 3 months of dealing with people telling me why I shouldn’t go and how I’m destroying their lives. It’s going to be a par-tay.
Meanwhile, I have to deal with getting this house in shape to sell, and figuring out when I’m going to look at new houses in Arizona, and which school district I want, and how the heck do I know anything?
Moving to Arizona in the summer - I think it’s the wisest thing, really. I don’t see how that can possibly be uncomfortable.
Seriously. If you move, Tell No One. I wish I didn’t have to speak so soon, but the question “Are we moving?” prompted a conversation I wasn’t quite ready to have. But it was good. My kids are good with it. My neighbors aren’t, but that’s OK, right?
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