This Is How a New Chapter Begins

everybody loves a parade

Our house is a jumble of boxes, papers are everywhere, artwork has come down and rests against walls, laundry is piled high. The fridge and pantry are empty mainly, and shall stay that way at this point. I’ve spent hours on the phone and online doing the things one does, cancelling accounts and setting up new ones, transferring services, forwarding mail. Out in the drive the big ABF trailer sits propped on front stilts and rear tires, and tomorrow a crew of friends and family arrives in the morning to help with some heavy lifting. Then we’ll have a couple of days to finish packing and button up everything before we close on the house on Wednesday and head south to North Carolina on Thursday.

Only a few weeks ago Chef David and Scout-the-Goldapeake-Retriever and I sat outside on our front porch on a delicious Vermont summer afternoon watching the Bennington Monument Day Parade queueing up on our street. In years gone by we found it a tad irksome to be tied up for hours because of the traffic. This year was different. Even Scout seemed caught up in the fun, bagpipes notwithstanding.

parade dog

This chapter opened nine years ago, almost to the day. I was emotionally raw and desperately worried about the future. How things have changed.

I won’t have time to post for a bit, and my plan is to roll this blog over to a new one when we’re settled down south. The new one will be less of an almanac- or journal-style blog and more about writing, I think, bits of fiction and non-fiction essays. Sweet and savory, if you like. But I’ll link to it from this one, and hope you’ll follow me there. Maybe I’ll add something to Sycamore Stories from time to time, who knows.

Thanks for coming along with me on my Grand Vermont Adventure. This is most definitely not how the story ends, but it is a beautiful new beginning. I leave you with the happy sounds of a parade. ‘Til soon. ~Deb

5 thoughts on “This Is How a New Chapter Begins

  1. Safe travels and an easy move, Deb. I’ll miss knowing you’re in the same state, but will be cheering for you from Vermont and looking forward to hearing of your new adventures! xoxo

  2. I hope the next chapter is all you hope for Deb. Somehow, knowing you have been up North and not so terribly far from where we are, has given me some small comfort. I am so happy for you and will look forward to reading about your continued adventures.

  3. I am beyond excited for the next chapter in your life. It goes to show that the Lord works in mysterious ways! And how in times of doubt and despair we just have to hold on to our faith! Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure!!

    Sent from my iPad


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