|Clothes. Lots of clothes.|
That small but unwieldy initial pile started to grow like mold on an overripe peach...spreading, spreading, spreading until tables, chairs, and most of the floor were covered. This is the room where the family TV resides, and soon we found ourselves sitting closer and closer together on the sofa as the room filled. In order to reach the laundry room, I had to navigate piles of underwear, a large area rug, a tower of textbooks, stacks of jeans and t shirts, and laundry baskets filled with shoes and school supplies. I found one of our dogs staring longingly at an ever-growing pile of energy bars, packs of gum, fruit chews, and veggie chips that was threatening to topple off the top of a shelf. I found another trapped behind a pile of floor cushions growling at a box fan.
Then the garage began to fill--a refrigerator and toaster, boxes for packing, a lamp, a chair. One of the two cars found itself at the curb for the duration of August. The lawnmower was left outside. I sucked in my breath so I could squeeze into my car.
After a long day of work on Monday, we began loading things into the car. We found that you can get a dorm refrigerator into the back seat of a Toyota Corolla. We were going to pack clothes in boxes, but soon began filling garbage bags just so that we could get more into the trunk. Fortunately Jo isn't terribly tall, so we were able to pack one garbage bag right by her feet in the front passenger seat. It was like an additional air bag, providing her just a bit more safety for the two-hour trip. Both of us had to lean our weight onto the trunk lid to get it to close. I prayed that the whole vehicle wouldn't explode in the night due to the extreme pressure.
Jo's is settling in for her first year at Lawrence University, and while it seems terribly quiet around here with just her younger sister and me, we will survive. In just nine months, we can haul that load right back again and use the family room for summer storage. I am looking forward to that. There is a certain family closeness that develops when you watch TV sitting on each other's lap.