30% OFF Pride collection code: USAPRIDE! Free Shipping over $99

Moving In

by The Next Family July 15, 2010

By: Tosha Woronov

I haven’t written in three weeks. Not writing is, for me, akin to not exercising, which I’m not doing either. I am guilty, and weak, too lazy to arrange my scattered thoughts in any succinct way (case in point). And, like avoiding the treadmill for too long, it’s almost impossible to get back on track.

In my defense, I’ve had a lot going on. We just moved. It sucked, as it does for anyone. I tend to make such things really hard, unable to find a safe place within myself. I’m uncomfortable all over and boxes are everywhere. A trip to my new grocery store feels like a visit to another country, like Canada. Depression grips for me at every turn, which means I must tread carefully. It’s like when I’m nauseated and to avoid barfing I keep my jaw clenched tight. I tiptoe around the issues that represent landmines, threatening to blow my quivering sanity to bits. The ex-landlord wants to keep too much of our deposit, the new sink is clogged with – what is that – raw meat? The couch won’t fit through the door. Our dog’s pee is burning the lush and pristine sod. That’s never happened before. It’s all too much. I cower. Shh, shh, don’t move, don’t open the mail, don’t open that box. My husband calls to me from upstairs – he’s reading his email – and all I can ask is, “please, is it more bad news?”

But as we unpack, evidence of our new home – our new life –appears, and I cling to it. I hang a bird feeder, which feels nice, but not until the first finch lands there do I relax a little. I make a space for Leo’s toothbrush in each of the 3 bathrooms, which makes him (surprisingly) happy. I ignore the fact that I can’t find my most important papers and instead plant and hang 3 tomato plants in topsy-turvy containers. I water them and breathe. Rather than rifle through another box marked “office” (my husband seems to have labeled all of the boxes this way, even ones that contain dishes, or his clothes), I walk next door to the elementary school and adjoining ball field where Pete and Leo are playing. I bring the dog, who has adjusted happily already, and sit in the grass of the outfield, marveling at the dusky sky and hawks flying overhead. I light candles. I put vases holding fresh-picked roses on the kitchen windowsill. These things make a difference. I make bruschetta for Pete and we open a bottle of wine. Leo and I walk Charlie around the neighborhood, counting bunnies. It helps to have the cable back on too, which I hate to admit, but the sound of Sports Center provides normalcy as we struggle with the screwdriver, argue a little with each other, and assemble bookshelves.

They are returning, thank god, those parts of me that are grounded and sane.

Our stuff is here, my boys are safe, we’re in the new house.

I’m just trying to find my way home.

The post Moving In appeared first on The Next Family.

The Next Family
The Next Family


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016


Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment


By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →