My life in a box

Thoughts on moving house

The movers have gone.

I sit on the floor and survey the chaos left behind.

Papers, dust, cobwebs and crap.

Stuff I no longer need.

After the stress of the past weeks i should feel relief.

Instead I feel sadness and despair.

My life here is over, this adventure is done.

Friends will become distant, someone you once knew.

A fresh start I hear you say.

Dust bunnies, hayfever and sweat.

You first have to unpack on the other side.

I watched them load my life into a truck.

Six weeks on an ocean.

Anything can happen.

Hurricanes, whales and Somali pirates.

I said goodbye to my life as I know it.

Sitting on the floor I survey the damages.

Remnants of a life I once had.

Scrabble, a painting, a bag of books.

Forgotten in the mad rush to pack.

I watched them load my life onto the back of a truck.

Sadness, grief and angst.

My life is in a box.

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Comments 51 comments

LAmatadora 7 years ago

oh Cindy...I have moved about 24 times in my 28 years. And I know how hard it is to move from one place to another...My mom was kinda like a damn Gypsy in the sense she always liked to move ALL THE TIME as a kid...I grew up thinking it was normal...I HATE IT!!! I can feel for you in this sense....I hope you get settled in to your new home soon!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hi JJ, here is the thing. I have to live in this empty place for another month and a bit as I only leave on the 24th June!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

This I understand completely..Sometimes there is a sense of freedom that comes from "cleaning out the junk" but uprooting, relocating is emotional. When there's a new adventure awaiting us it takes the edge of sadness/melancholy out of it.. what is your new adventure?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

My next adventure is Tanzania at the foot of Mt Kili!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Wow, what do you get to do?


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

I won't talk about how many times I've moved, but I will say that the "fresh canvas" that awaits you (once you unpack and adjust) might just be a new awakening to something you've always dreamed of. Lot to be said for minimal living. Always hard to say good-bye though.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

I'm a teacher and I teach in international schools.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Don't forget to change your "from" to "moving boxes" lol...hugs my friend!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah Jerilee, hardest to say goodbye and my eldest daughter will be staying here as she has a job and a boyfriend


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Love it. my favorite part:

"Anything can happen.

Hurricanes, whales and Somali pirates"

I'm feeling it, Cindy. So were are you off to now?


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

I have grown accustomed to leaving it in the box in anticipation of the next move, life in a box??? I too am feeling you here. Best regards.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Tanzania, Frieda, but only leave the 24th June, but my stuff has had to leave already.

Thanks for hugs, Candie!


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I have had that moving experience too and started fresh again. Nice Hub! All the best for the HubChallenge.


Janetta 7 years ago

aww cindy :( that makes me sad. why do you have to wait until the 24th of june and I don't think I ever asked where you were moving to?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Janetta, I'm moving to Tanzania and have to wait as that's when the school term ends.

CS Alexis, the complication with this move is that a third of the stuff goes with my son who'll start hotel school, a third goes into storgae and only a third will go to me in Tanzania.

Anamika, it came to me when I was watching the packers yesterday! get the camera this can be your first hub for the challenge. Best of luck to you to!


LAmatadora 7 years ago

wow I just read that...so you will be in an empty house for over a month. That sucks...By the way I LOVED THE HUB..don't think I mentioned it in the last comment!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Cindy, I find it interesting how you are able to put into words the things that happen in your life. I wish you all the best in your new "home" and be able to let your life out of the box again. :-)


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Wow I'm not big into poetry but I so relate to this and you even have related google ads - totally cool! I love moving but its the packing which is horrible - most of our stuff is still "at home" in storage, and after a couple of years its why am I paying $100's a month to store a bunch of old clothes and furniture? It must be tough though when kids get to the age that they don't automatically come to.


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men are dorks 7 years ago from Namibia

She's pulling your legs, Tanzania is closer to me, thats where she wants to be, right Cindy, tell all the truth. Haha

Good luck, Ive been there, its tough, but you'l enjoy it. Go to zanzibar as often as yo can. xxx


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

JJ, thanks for the compliment. My first attempt at some kind of poetry.

Ripplemaker, can't wait to get my things again. I am so attached to my material possessions.

Lissie, I do wonder why I am bothering to put stuff into storage and pay for it each month. If I'm not using stuff, then why am I keeping it? Mind you, I bought this really cool Tibetan bar and can't airfreight it to Tanzania, so it's going into storage in Cape Town.

M.A.D you can come and visit anytime!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

You have my deep understanding Cindy, I also moved so many times in my life.

Wishing you to enjoy your work in Tanzania....


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I have packed up many times, learned to possess only what I need, and what I can leave behind.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Tatjana

GT, the biggest problem is the friends you leave behind


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

All the best Cindy! :) And these days you never really leave anyone behind - you can connect at the touch of a button!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

True FP, but it's not the same. Having lived an expat lifestyle for over twenty years, I have seen people come and go, you promise to remain in contact and you do initially, but then it fades away.


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

Good luck in your new digs...moving sucks!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks, Trooper


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Wow Cindy, from Nanjing to Tanzania...I have also moved quite a bit, but within my own country...your life must be one continuous adventure. All the best in the new school and also for the hub challenge.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks, Diana Charles


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Detest pakin...excuse spellin mistakes boy am I intoxicated on strawberry slush puupies. Best of luck with 30 hubs Cindy I am rooting for you...What do you get for doing it.God I couldn't do it it takes me 4 hours to d oone and there is no way I could do one every day


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I hate moving Cindy Good luck to you moving and in your 30 hubs endevour. This one is above my capabilities.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Ah Sixty, you can do it! But, am excited I'm going back to Africa!

Thanks for being my cheerleader BP! You just read and comment, that's all I need!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

You are welcome Cindy, I even wear my bobby dazzler knee high multi colour socks too while I am cheer-leading


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol BP, don't kick your legs too high now, you might put your back out!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

All the best. And remember, if you don't open any one of the boxes in the six months after the move, then you don't need anything in that box --


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Teresa, and you are right about unopened boxes!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

But moving is just another beginning not an end. The boxes form a continuum of your life :D


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah they do, Cris, but you are still left with a feeling of sadness when you sit in your empty house and watch the boxes being loaded as it makes everything more real. I really am leaving now.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Don't fret my friend. Goodbyes are a part of life. I know it is always easier said than done, but I know you, you're a sparkler - shine your light somewhere else and spread that gift some more. Good luck :D


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Cris! We'll see how many people come through and do visit me in Tanzania lol


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

Cindy, this is so sweet and sad all at once. I've moved about 20 times in my life (same as LaMatadora) and although I hate to leave a place of comfort, I do enjoy new beginnings:) Hope you're feeling okay. You won't be sad for long, I'm sure of it!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Cindy dear. You will be so happy to live agin in yer mother land. I am happy for you. Moving is a bitch tho. Keep us informed now. good luck with the challenge too.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Miss Jamie and CC, moving is a bitch, and not sure what spending a month in an empty house is going to be like! But the, at least I have a roof over my head.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

When I was young I moved six times in two years - but all I had then was a suitcase and a trombone!


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feeweewv 7 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

Sometimes I like to make a change. I look forward to them. It is hard to move on from things that we like, the things that define us, our friends, our normal routines... but I like to think of life as an adventure, and embrace the new things to come.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Tom, wish all I had was a suitcase and a trombone!

Feeweewv, I also like to think of life as an adventure, just sometimes the adventures are a bit hard!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

LOL you're comment to Tom reminded me of Steve Martin in the Jerk: All I need is this lamp and that's all I need....

Just think when you do finally open the stored boxes it'll be like Christmas!!! "OOOh that's where I put it!"


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah Candie, lol, but some of the boxes I might only open in 4 years time!


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Cindy - bugger ... you took the Scrabble. Shoulda trashed it ;)

Nice hub and jolly good luck in your next home/country/job :)


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Didn't let them take your computer lol great poem, good luck with move and the challenge.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Froggy and Hawkes, not feeling to good so an early night for me, think the stress of the packing has caught up and forgot to take my meds thur, fri and sat.....not feeling good...

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