I may have mentioned that this Indiana to Illinois move is not my first.
There was the first one, as a wee babe, from Washington DC to Gettysburg, Penn. Then to Athens, Ohio; Wichita, Kan.; Chicago, Ill. From Chicago we moved to–I kid not–Horseheads, NY, and 18 months later to Wausau, Wisconsin. I moved to Minneapolis, Minn., for university and my parents eventually moved to Columbus, Ind., while I was in Vietnam.
Now, I’m in that phase of schooling where I’ve moved back in with the ‘rents before grad school. Since I’ve already moved so much, it seems natural that I’d be around for this one, too.
Moving punctuates the family narrative. Departure is at the end of every chapter, arrival at the beginning.