Implode, Murder, Slaughter, Mayhem, Revolt, Mariticide,
One the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, they list the death of a spouse at 100 stress units and moving at 20 stress points. I think that may not quite be correct, if the death resulted because the spouse was a major source of the stress during the move. I am quite confident the stress levels wouldn’t be so great on either side. Perhaps, I should not discuss further in this public forum in case my words are later used against me.
On a happier note of accomplishment, remember those boxes that have been in our garage, unsorted since our last move, ten years ago? Well, today, I started to sort through them, as I refuse to move them to another house to moulder in the shed.
Guess, what? Six boxes down and I have yet to find anything that isn’t Mr FD’s… There were his college textbooks and hand written class notes. Mr FD graduated in 1976. I rest my case, your honour.
Mr FD is an agronomist (agricultural scientist) and if he doesn’t know that the early bird gets the worm by now, he is never going to know it. In fact, he is busy forgetting things these days. So, we all know where those boxes got binned don’t we?
Then there was his library of fantasy books. Mr FD was a constant reader until he bought his first computer (a Sinclair) in 1985. Since then I have rarely seen Mr FD read for pleasure except when trapped on a plane, where he also leaves the books. He keeps instructing me not to throw out his books, and I’m not… they are being collected by Lifeline tomorrow.
I have a number of boxes on the front porch for collection, my books as well as his. I am covering the fact that his books are included by placing a layer of mine on top. This is what 35 years of marriage reduces a woman to; subterfuge in its many and varied forms.
In future, should he ask for the said book by title, I shall tell him that the books are stored in our shed which is down the slope from our country home. The thought of walking down the slope, searching boxes and then walking back up the slope will dull his enthusiasm by which time we can download an ebook copy. As if he will ever reread them!
I also threw two boxes of floppy disks into the bin. Think he is going to miss them?
[I must remember to keep the shovel handy, I may need to dig a hole when we move to the country...]