Unbeknownst to us when we took the orders, nearly every home for rent in Bahrain is furnished. Yes, down to the pots and pans. We’re not talking cheap items and a couch that has stains from God knows whom. What our allowance allows is nothing short of luxury (thank you oil and the US Gov.!), and you would imagine that I would be thrilled to hear such a thing.
Nope. Will’s excitement of living out his nomadic dream was met with my horror. Basically, we could just bring the clothes on our backs and be completely taken care of. To me, being an overly micromanaging woman who draws security from consistency and has a hard time parting with items (ehhmm, I’m a hoarder) – I may have given him a verbal fist of fear, square in his jaw. I don’t think he was ready for crazy-eyes and the spewing of “what-if’s”. And for someone whose most favorite part of the day is laying in her bed and snuggling under the covers, I can’t help but to thank Google for telling me that Middle Easterners sleep on much harder beds than Americans. Needless to say, I recognize that I won’t have that treasured item with me and it took a full week and a half of convincing myself that a pillow top could easily take care of my anxious feelings.
I’m working on all of this, okay?
Now, here we are in the middle of all things moving. We are ___ days away from leaving the States (sorry guys, you’ll know when I get there. But, travel specifications are one thing I won’t be sharing here), and every physical thing we own is practically left upside-down. To anyone who has ever made a big move before, of course we are not special. However, being married to the man that I am (and thank God for his willingness to look past the clutter and to the future) – our home is one minefield of “staging” and an effort to make sure our movers don’t pack something in US storage that really needs to be with us in Bahrain.
We currently have three lovely themed rooms!
1. Living Room: US storage – my entire life
2. Office: things to get rid of – my favorite topic.
3. Master Closet and Dining Room: bringing with us – umm…there’s nothing in here.
I wish you could at least see the smile on my face as I type this. Yes, I’m not happy about any of it, but I’m not miserable! Actually, I find it very entertaining and humorous to see the things that I said I would never part with are in the room of things to not take with us. It just reminds me to never hold my fist tightly around anything. The universe always knows.
However, the universe doesn’t need to know that I bought 16 bars of Dove Sensitive Skin soap, 5 packs of Neutrogena makeup wipes, and I am going this week to buy huge packs of toilet paper and paper towels.
Look! We have THREE YEARS of no Costco. Give me a break.
Anywhoo – I am ready to hire someone to think for me.
I’ll just hide under the covers of a bed I won’t have for three years. Don’t worry about me…I’ll be fine…just thinking of my remaining days that I have until I have to part with such a beautiful thing.
Did the guilt trip work?