I dreamed last night that my residence card came in the mail, but that I had to go be on America’s Next Top Model to get my picture taken for it. Sadly, I also dreamed that my mom had another baby (17 years after the youngest) and named it Fab Yellow Submarine Moser, so I don’t think the residence card dream is a very trustworthy prophecy of what is to come.
However, when I called my mom to tell her my doofy dream, we also ended up talking about other things, and I mentioned how getting a KitchenAid mixer has been one of my “dreams.” There’s something about a KitchenAid that represents more than just a kitchen appliance. It means I will make bread every other day and my own noodles! I can just imagine it whisking and beating frosting into a perfectly fluffy finished product, and warning my curious young children to keep their fingers away from it (and seeing in their eyes the desire to touch it, just to see what would happen). And speaking of dreams, these curious young children are the most-dreamed-about-of-all.
The reason I mention all of this (aside from “because I haven’t done anything noteworthy in the past week to warrant a blog post”) is because I’ve been thinking a lot about things that are close to my heart, things I want. A lot. Besides a KitchenAid mixer and babies, one of the things that tops the list is a home. Now, I can’t claim that I never had a home and I moved around all my life and all I wanted as a kid was a steady place to live. I had an awesome home. I lived in a big farmhouse that I am so, so happy I can still sort of call home. However, I realized that I have moved 5 times in the past year. Five. From college, to home, to Illinois, to home, to Denmark, to Sweden, and that doesn’t include all the travelling in between. We’re moving again next week, but instead of a smooth across-the-hall move like we had hoped, things got bumped around a bit, and we’re going to end up moving all of our stuff down to the next building to live with my sister-in-law for a few days before we move it all back up again a week later to our new place which we’ll have until August somethingeth when we’ll have to move. Again.
Besides hating the tasks of packing everything and moving over and over again, it’s beginning to take a pretty solid emotional toll on little old me. Moving from my college town of Green Bay back home was bittersweet (the bitterness of leaving friends and the city and campus I grew to know, the sweetness of knowing I’d be getting married soon and starting a new life with my husband). Moving from the Wisconsin farmouse to a stinky Illinois apartment in a sketchy part of town was a bit heartbreaking. Moving to Europe was amazing (knowing I’d not have to have a long-distance relationship with Andreas) and horrible (saying what felt like an awfully permanent goodbye to so many people, places, and yes, things.).
I guess I’m just “over it.” I’m not a young restless soul with a thirst for adventure. I’m a crotchety old soul with a thirst for a cup of coffee and a place to plant my roots. I want to buy a bed, and plates, and not say to myself “should I really get this, if we’re just going to have to lug it around for the next _____ amount of time?” I know that this, along with my KitchenAid mixer and my longed-for babies, is just on the horizon, but the many moves in the meantime sort of cloud my view, and I’m left feeling a bit helpless, a bit homesick, and a bit detached.
Anyway, tomorrow is my first International Knitting Group meeting, and I have pretty high hopes! Wish me luck with my nerves, and all this home-wanting angst. Why am I not 45 yet?!