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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:24 pm

Mr. Wonderful and I have often talked about what we will do when we get older. Our home is too big and taxes and insurance in Miami-Dade County are too expensive. On top of that, traffic here gets worse by the day and I think by the time they finish widening the south stretch of the turnpike, it won’t make a difference as we have become the overcrowded bedroom community to Miami. I dream of a slower pace.

Well guess what? It was inevitable and has happened. We have gotten older and we now have an exit plan in place. Although we will not leave until October 31st of 2019, we must plan now as the time is flying by. We will be downsizing and moving a little north of Tampa where life is a little slower. This will require weeding through over 40 years’ worth of things we have gathered so now is the time to start.

We have been mentioning to a neighbor that our home is perfect for them and their family. We built this home and want to see a family move in and enjoy our home as we did. Our house is now under Contract contingent on the family selling their home. I know it will happen.

It is now time to clean out and I have taken the physical and emotional bull by the horns and started. I have sold antique furniture that I just will not have room for in our new home. I have over 1,000 sets of salt & pepper shakers that I started with my grandmother’s collection and my daughter came down and we have two out of four cabinets emptied and packed for her and our son to share. Two more cabinets to go.

Our living room now consists of a “yard sale pile” and a “move pile”. I will eventually hold a yard sale at our daughter’s home in Cutler Bay. No one would come to the “boonies” to shop here! I’m proud of the decluttering I have done so far.

Now, the question is, when will Mr. Wonderful start clearing out? I think he is dragging his feet, but his brother told me they have a plan. There are two garages loaded with things that must be gone through, so I hope it is a good plan! You know it is football season now, so I don’t think there will be much movement, but I hope he proves me wrong.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Wonderful stated that I needed to start going through my sewing room. Whoa buddy...those are fighting words! You stick to your garages and I will handle my things. My sewing room will be the last thing I will pack up and most of it is going with me. I will finally have the time to sew like I want to when we move.

I am apprehensive about moving. It is a sentimental journey packing up and

selling off items, but I realize how it has made me grateful, sad and happy.

Grateful? Yes. I am very grateful that a family with children will hopefully be

moving into our home. I am very grateful that the things I have sold have gone to people who I know and who will cherish the items as I have.

I am sad and happy to be moving next year rather than when we are much older. I am sad as I will be leaving so many good friends and acquaintances I have met over the years. I am sad as I will be leaving my “comfortable” place. In a way I am happy as I want to be able to set up a new routine and make new friends before I am too old to do so. We will be starting a new adventure.

So, for now...it is pack up and get prepared as we don’t know if the neighbor’s home will sell today or in a few months. Last week I informed a friend about the planned move and he said he was shocked but, “I’m glad we have over a year for the send-off.” I know I will need the year to mentally prepare. We will stay local until next October so now the countdown begins and people...this is getting real! 12 and a half months and counting...Yes, this is getting real.

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