Being unavailable, unreachable, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Tomorrow afternoon marks a week we’ll have been in our new home. Only three people know our new phone number. Only two bill collectors have found us. I’ve been on Facebook once and haven’t logged onto WordPress at all – let alone post!
Today as I walked home from retrieving the girls at their new bus stop, I felt that my necessary reentry to the world was coming. Inevitable. I can only use the boxes around me as an excuse for so long. Though I still do not have anything hanging in my closet because I don’t feel I’ve sufficiently de-furballed it (their special cat friend left me many presents). I still do not have things packed into the bathroom cabinets because I haven’t disinfected them yet. I still don’t have routines and patterns and familiar places to put things.
But the world does not care. The world will not let me milk this life-change for all it is worth like the sleepy, hazy period that is life with a newborn. Eventually I’ll have to answer the phone. Eventually the beep of a text message will wake me from my reverie. Eventually I will while away an entire evening checking for updates, statuses, and pictures of cute kids.
And while I’m dead-tired and sick of putting the kids to bed and starting another round of housecleaning, I haven’t missed checking multiple e-mail accounts and social media accounts and staying in constant contact. I got a lovely snail mail correspondence from a dear friend. Two wonderful friends of mine brought a ‘housewarming’ lunch. And legions of family and friends trooped in to help us set up our new home.
Funny how we seemed to survive before we were attached to technology.