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He's There: We're Here [May. 23rd, 2010|10:05 pm]
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The move-in went smoothly (though with too many trips up the stairs with boxes and pillows and stuff in hand for the older persons involved.  The out-of-shape older persons, who live in a one-story house in a town that has maybe three or four two-story buildings and that's it.)  Tomorrow the furniture will be moved, not by us.   The stronger of the older persons was heard to admit that he was very glad he wasn't going to be humping the bed, table, heavy-big-desk-with-hutch, and heavy red chair up the stairs.   

Someone commented that now we're empty-nesters.   I was thinking we weren't, because he's still not self-supporting, but we did, this time, move his bed out of the house.   That's a signal.   I think he got it, both from his expression yesterday when he saw his former room without the bed (he hasn't lived in it for three years, but it's always been there and he would come over and lounge on the bed) and today when he got a wonderful smile on his face and said "This is MY home now!"   Yes.  When he comes back, it will be different.   

It may also look different...I'd like to take the blackboard that we screwed to the wall years ago to give him a place to scrawl (it's a BIG one) off, and repaint the room.   I'd like to either make it a guestroom or (and this may happen first) move the drafting table that's shoved in a storage area in the other house over here so I can do the master map for these books without having to use the kitchen table (which we then can't eat on for the duration, and which I have to cover up to prevent anything soiling the map.)  


In order to get the boxes we'd brought emptied so we could remove them, I went on and put away the kitchen stuff, but told him he was certainly free to move it around where *he* wanted it (he was carrying more stuff up, while I did that as a rest for myself).  

Meanwhile, bed...because the movers will be here in 10 hours and I still only got six hours of sleep last night (and five the night before.)  
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2010-05-24 03:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations -- that's a massive milestone.

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[User Picture]From: masgramondou
2010-05-24 07:33 am (UTC)
Congrats all around.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-24 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks all. So far, so good, and now I have a few hours to dive back into Book III.
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From: zackthedog
2010-05-24 01:29 pm (UTC)

Moving children

At least R- didn't want to wait a year to do something with M's bedroom so he could "get used to it"... I can definitely see the drafting table in there. It could come in handy for both of you.

Whoohoo to the empty nest!!! There are up sides to it.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-24 02:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Moving children

Well, we had the years with M's bedroom set up here and him not in it...the Year of Group Home and the two years of The Other House. So I think we were ALL ready to let go of the dear old room (which, in fact, the young man didn't want to live in any more.)

I have thought of moving "my" recliner (which is sort of stuck behind the piano and thus not that handy to sit in, as well as blocking that bookcase) into M's former bedroom. That and the drafting table would be nice. There's a little fiberboard rolltop desk in there that can GO. I regret the disappearance of the old wood apple boxes. My mother used apple boxes for end tables/bedside tables, etc. in low-cost situations.
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From: zackthedog
2010-05-24 04:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Moving children

P- didn't want to live in his space anymore either (not that the Air Force would let him!), but S- still had a heck of time adjusting to Just Us. I suppose I should be grateful he didn't need 3 years!

Good thought on the recliner. I can see that room becoming a quiet space for thinking and projects.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-24 04:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Moving children

Getting that heavy recliner out from behind the piano is going to be Interesting. Ditto the drafting table out of the locked-in-by-other-stuff-inserted-later trap it's in. But...once done...should be very useful.
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