Moving is like childbirth, or at least what I've heard about childbirth. It's painful, but the memories of it fade away when the thought of another house (or another child) comes to mind. That's why lots of people have more than one kid, and that's why lots of people look at their apartments and say, 'You know what would be a great idea? Moving.' They've forgotten the pain in the ass it actually is.
By the time a woman is in her thirties, she has moved fourteen times on average. Okay, I made that statistic up. But if she's anything like this woman in her thirties, she's given and not gotten back her fair share of security deposits. To be fair, my last move was quite easy, logistically speaking (if you don't count the three months our stuff spent on a boat in the Pacific Ocean). Because the move was paid for by L's company, we were not allowed to pack anything ourselves. Earlier this spring L and I decided to move yet again, this time on our own dime. I knew this move was going to be harder, I just wasn't prepared for how much harder.
Here's what the last week has been like: Packing. Repacking. Stealing boxes from beside dumpsters. Packing again. Wrapping. Running out of bubble wrap. Trying to figure out the tape dispenser. Crying. Cursing. Walking around the block to steal newspapers. Packing again. Arguing with U-Haul's return policy. Repacking. Turns out I'm really, really, really bad at packing.
In my twenties, this was part of the adventure. Who really cared if I broke a couple of Walmart dishes on the way to my new apartment? But a woman in her thirties has stuff that means stuff to her, important stuff. And stuff.
People have asked me if it was hard to leave my apartment yesterday. The answer is NO. It was not. Will I miss the city I lived in? Yes, especially in October. But I think my friend T said it best yesterday when I sent her the following text message:
What sucks worse: Childbirth or moving?
Her answer was: Moving, hand's down.
A woman in her thirties doesn't always need first hand experience to agree.