After a few months of eagerly anticipating the drive to Maryland to help Emily and Ingmar and their family move to their new home, it never happened. Two days before Stephen came down with a bad case of the croup, with that terrible barking cough. Many things went wrong! The movers I hired to help them, who were supposed to arrive between 8 and 9am, never showed up. The company which coordinates these helpers hired another group who were supposed to arrive between 1 and 2pm and showed up around five. (They came from very far away, one nearly four hours.) I’m very happy that two good friends from Alexandria, Virginia did come to help. But I also know that eventually it will get done and all will be well, God willing. And think of all the stories they will have to tell……..
The pictures above are the front hall, kitchen and storage barn outside at Emily’s new home….And we, the Ohio group, are planning to visit later on in October since we couldn’t be there this weekend. But that’s even better because Mike had to be in Europe this week, in Northern Italy and Switzerland and the Isle of Mann, and when we finally do go everyone will be there….
I suppose I am writing this to focus on something other than my nervousness about the entire moving process! I am praying that all goes well! And also that Stephen continues to recover, and now also Nathan and Alice who are also sick with this croup virus.
P.S. Update some hours later…..The second group of family movers did finally arrive, were very nice and very helpful and everything except a few boxes is now in the new home………And now I am off to bed with a copy of Alexander McCall Smith’s lovely small book about the poet Auden, What W.H. Auden Can Do For You…