We are all moved into the new place but we are still trying find boxes with important things like the camera. Pictures coming soon but until then you have to just use your imagination. Our new house is much closer to Primo’s school towards the St. Johns Neighborhood of Portland. We went from a three story, five bedroom house to a very small two bedroom. While we lived with another family in the big house the bulk of the furniture was our so we are now trying to decide what makes the cut in the new smaller place and what goes into the Garage Sale pile. Oddly all three couches made the cut but none of the chairs did.
The first morning in the new house Primo was sitting at the dinning table having some cereal and he turned to say “I like our new house mommy, I think it’s going to work for us” I asked Segundo if he liked it and he said he did. I asked if it was a big house and he said “no it’s wery wery liddle, but I like it” I agree with the boys, I think this is going to be a good place for us in this new season of our lives. We no longer have live in childcare but we still have great friends that will be there when ever we need them and we will be there for them. That was important for all four of us to end well and I think we did that. There was a natural end to our time together and we have already set up weekly meal shares to keep our table full.
We haven’t met many neighbors yet but with Primo accosting everyone that walks by with Hellos it is only a matter of time until we do. We read a book about never talking to strangers and to get around this Primo immediately asks the person walking by their name. He says they aren’t strangers because he knows their name. He doesn’t follow anyone or even get off his bike but he talks with anyone and everyone that he comes in contact with. We are now getting banana bread from the house next door because he found out from their nine year old that her mom does that for all their new neighbors. Primo reminded the lady of it when she came outside, telling her he was a new neighbor and would like some banana bread. Sometimes he’s handy to have around.
The new house is closer to the school so we can now bike there in about ten minutes with Primo riding his balance bike and the other two boys in the trailer. By the time we get home he is pretty worn out but he is so proud that he rides his bike to school. That’s what Liam does, he tells me and Liam is the coolest person he knows. Biking more is goal for our family and I think we will get to do that in this new neighborhood. We are still working out all the things we are gaining in living in a this new place on our own and while we are excited there still seems to be this big part of what we are leaving behind. What we are leaving behind feels denser at the moment, like it has more weight. Ending well still means that something is ending and our excitement for the future is tempered with the weight of that ending.