Friday, January 2, 2009

Utter Chaos

We are finally at that moment.

I mean the moment where we pick up and leave. It's heartbreaking and exhilarating, chaotic and yet under someone else's control, and it's stressful and also freeing.

Here is where I make my first confession: I have never really moved before. Yes, I've moved from a dorm room to an apartment and then to another apartment, but seriously - I have never moved before. I don't think you can call it a move if you can put everything you own into bags and put it into a Honda Civic. You know, where the furniture is so grungy that you need to leave it in a dumpster when you leave?

So, that's me and our three kids - never moved before. Most of our lives (I try not to include my unsuccessful year at the College of William and Mary) have been spent here in New Castle County ,Delaware. Specifically, Brandywine Hundred, which is at its best the very best of small town living. And here we go to the biggest city in the world.

Now, my husband Nick is truly a world citizen. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lived until the age of three. Spent some early years back in the UK, and then lived in Aden (now in Yemen), and lived in Nigeria again until he was 14. He finished school and university in the UK, then lived in Tokyo for 2 years in the mid-eighties. Then he was transferred to the US where he met me, and he's been here ever since. So this isn't as scary a proposition for him as it is for the rest of us.

The photos are from the chaos that is our house. The movers arrive tomorrow to pack us up for Tokyo. I don't think we are ready, but here we go!


  1. Pam -
    It's now January 5 and you all have gone. It was hard to say goodbye yesterday and we will miss you terribly. I'm so glad I was able to see you for a little while yesterday - even if it was only to help you clean out the fridge! Which, by the way, I had to call Mom to tell her I left the food in the freezer that I planned to take with me...and I really wanted that pesto!

    You are so brave! I know you will make the most of this experience.

    Much love to you all...I can't wait to read more!
    Your loving sis,

  2. Hey there! Remember me? My parents sent me a blurb they saw in the paper about your blog, so I thought I’d check it out and get in touch … So what have you been doing for the past, oh, say 24 years? I know a little about recent events from your Tokyo Tales blog – very exciting!

    You can reach me at

    Annette (formerly Flippen), Mt. Pleasant class of 85

  3. Hey Annette, sent you an email! Thanks for the comment.