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For Sale: By Owner - The Benefits and or Drawbacks of Moving from House to House

Updated on November 26, 2015

Keeping Track of Addresses


Time Frame 1962 - 1983

It was a day, not unlike any other day. Mom was reading a book entitled Place in the Woods by Helen Hoover.

The book, which I have never personally read, was the reason that my mother talked my father into moving to Grand Marais, Minnesota to a cozy little acreage on the Gunflint Trail. I have the book, mind you, since I inherited all my mother's books. I may just have to sit down and read it and feel inspired by it.

The book apparently is written by a couple who lived in the Chicago, Illinois area, but decided to relocate to a remote area and live off the land and commune with nature. This lifestyle appealed to my mother's sense of back to the basics mentality.

Let Me Explain Something to You First

Why the time frame of 1962 to 1983?

Well. I was born in 1962 and I moved away from home in 1983. My parents had relocated 17 times during my time with them. My oldest sister said that they had relocated yet another 25 times when she lived with them.

Can you picture that? 42 times of moving from house to house. I'd like to be able to tell you that that was all, but when I moved out - and I was the youngest, so they had an empty nest finally - they [my parents] continued to move from house to house.

I cannot even tell you how many addresses that they had, because I didn't keep count. My mother died young, just shy of her 62nd birthday, and dad continued to buy and sell houses. Even up to the day he died, he was always pestering [??] a realtor to show him houses.

I told him that he had another option. He could simply get a motel room for the night, so he could have the option of staying somewhere and not have the physical building to have to upkeep.

He didn't want to do that.

Would I Do It Any Different?

If I had the option to go back and redo my life, would I stay in one house and not move, ever?

Well. I don't know. I got married in the spring of 1985 and we lived in a house in one location for 17 years. Then, we decided to purchase a place in the country and we managed to find a good deal on a house on ten acres located in the middle of nowhere. Six miles from town and on a gravel road, cornfields on three sides and a wildlife management area to the south.

Our property contains grass, trees, some buildings and a long driveway. My father came to visit one day and as he sat in a lawn chair and petted my dogs, threw a stick for one and sipped on a cold beer, he said "This is the life!"

Apparently he approved of my choice of residence.

There Are Differences

There are differences that I am aware of now, after living in one house for so long, that you don't notice when you move every year.

One is: people grow up. They start out a little baby and they become a kid and then, all of a sudden, they are starting to get bigger and then, voila - there's an adult sitting in front of you. It's not as dramatic as an egg that hatches and you have a bunch of yellow little chicks and suddenly, weeks later, it's like popcorn popping and there is one chick with white feathers, then another, then white feathers everywhere.

Well, sorry about the analogy with the chickens, but, when you move around a lot, you don't see the people get older. I, on the other hand, did live in one town more than once. Nine times to be exact, and did see kids in different ages over the years. I managed to get in touch with these people and was and still am friends with them to this date.

Yes. My friends are all grown up now. Some have married and have kids of their own. The saga starts over. Little kids, big kids, young adults, and then poof... adults.

Like me, for example: I have two grandchildren. They are four and two years old.


Where does the time go? These grandchildren are growing up. They are participating in life activities. They are getting older.

I am getting older. I do have an interesting story to tell you about that. I work in a large, well lit, clean environment where I build products for metering. I helped on a different shift and was subject to new people for the day.

They have music playing and the man I was working with commented that "John Denver" was singing and it was an old song. [In my times of moving, I lived in the town that John Denver married his wife and somewhat knew the sister of John's wife. I also knew a person who was friends with John Denver's wife.]

Anyway... he was talking about the music playing and I mentioned that the building that we work in would make an awesome roller skating rink, since it is a large, open room and there is such a nice stereo system playing all the time.

He agreed that it would work, and added that it would be big enough for a couple skating rinks. Yes, I agreed and said it would work to divide the crowd and have different rinks for different age groups or requirements. I also shared that my daughter and I had to drive 70 miles to go roller skating and that we went occasionally. He told me that his kids were 'older' and that they probably weren't interested in going.

His Kids Were Older He Said

He offered the information that his kids were in their teens. One was sixteen and the other was thirteen.

Well. It turned out that I actually knew his kids from a previous work life since I did daycare for 14 years before working at my current employment.

Anyways, when he said his kids were older, and offered the ages of his kids, I was amused because I then offered the ages of my kids for the sake of the conversation and apparently, since my kids are both ten years older than his kids, he was a little bit shocked at my revelation of my kids ages.

HOW OLD ARE YOU? he then asked me. I had to laugh [and smile] since he obviously thought that he was older than I was and was shocked to find that I was indeed older than he, by eight years, actually.

Thank you Grandma for my good genes, and to Wondra for making such a good lotion for my face that I have managed to keep my face hydrated enough to maintain a younger look.

John Denver - Annie's Song

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've moved a few times in my day. Always exciting, but it's the little details that drive a person crazy.

      Wonderful read.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      42 times is too much in one's life. During my childhood, we were in the same house for 20 years. Then, I moved for my job and lived for 10 years at one place, then transferred to another place where we lived for 13 years. Then resigned and moved to another place, where we changed houses 7 or 8 times. Then again returned back to a region nearer to childhood place where changed 3 houses till now. So, it is roughly 15 places for me in 60 years. Some changes are necessary for change in life, but others are headaches and unavoidable due to external problems.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      That is A LOT of moving that your parents did, especially when not prompted by the military or a corporate employer or other such reason. I've moved a never of times growing up and into my own career then decided to settle down near distant family. I've lived in the same house now for 15 years but am beginning to feel I'm ready for a change to a new neighborhood.