load more into car. leave rent-a-jail. (that's a whole story in itself) pick up the Stud. hug mum goodbye. hit the road
through rolling west virginia mountains. purple branches. budding branches. spring is coming.get gas. virginia. steep hills. hope truck doesn't run out of gas. blue ridge mountains. valley farms. trees. forests everywhere. fewer hills. lilacs! north carolina. pull up to Nana's house. hug everyone. cheerwine. southern bar-b-que. crash.
wake up too soon. pack up kitchen. throw out entire contents of pantry. pods arrive. happy uncle. twelve sets of measuring cups. wrap up artwork. bubble wrap. north carolina sunshine. work in bathing suits. fun shops. pasta. toys! pinkberry. want to move to charlotte. pass out.
why am i awake? pack. bubble wrap. ups store for more bubble wrap and boxes. wrap six glass table tops. back to ups store for bubble wrap. they ask for me not to come back. pack Nana's closet. learn some family secrets. realize once and for all we're in the south. go buy more boxes. pray we don't need bubble wrap. men arrive. load pods. boys shimmy and arrange. climb in rafters. lots of santas. unload truck. load truck. we have furniture! close up truck and pods. shower and discover cuts all over body. pinkberry. pass out in drunken stupor.
seriously, consciousness? boys take apart beds. sneezing. dust. ach-oooooo!!!! red eyes. boys work hard. shower to drain sinuses. bruise on head from climbing. load more into pods and truck. load car. hug everyone. drive to raleigh with the Stud. get lost in chapel hill. drop off at airport. pretend not to cry. girl bonding time with the nurse. target run. cheerwine. milkshakes. gluten free awesomeness. pass out.
wake up. where's my husband? hug Nurse. enough with the goodbyes! hop in car and drive like a crazy person to get to him. two hours of sheet rain in south carolina. marsh waterways in savannah, georgia. FLORIDA! wait! where is I-95 going? recognizing locations. cape canaveral. my exit. my driveway. my husband. best hug ever. steak waiting. sunset. i have a home.
wake up. phone beeping. Czech Mom. Uncle in hospital. Dad on call. unload car. unload truck. find storage unit. need more space. unload more. creepy smoker guys. unload dresser. drop off truck. buy groceries. realize they're for Easter dinner. realize the next day is Easter. eat pizza while watching disney channel movie. crispy from sunburn. (who knew you could get a sunburn from unloading a truck!?) sleep..... sleep.
shower off sunburn smell. discover new bruise. watch Easter Parade. visit Uncle for a few hours. try to make him more comfortable. nausea. (not from Uncle) ocean. tums. sound of music. Easter dinner. family in foyer. open mound of wedding presents. clean up mess. cringe at the sight of more boxes. Czech Mom back to hospital. boys play risk. take over the world. catch up. sleep........