Monday, August 9, 2010

Jigsaw Packing Skills

Our youngest son, recently graduated English major, has a job starting next week. So now we're packing up his life into the back of a car, and some obscure impulse led me to see if all his boxes would fit into the trunk. It's a two-day drive to his new "home" and I wanted to minimize how much stuff would be visible in the car.

There's a computer, of course, monitor, speakers, printer, boxes of books (English major), guitar amp (musician too), numerous guitar pedals, new comforter and sheets (mother's son, I couldn't let him leave home without them), more books, etc... And the amazing thing is, everything fit, perfectly, just like a jigsaw with its pieces falling into place.

All these years we've packed him and his brothers up for college. All these years we've struggled with those odd-shaped inaccessible empty spaces. And this year, the last time we ever have to do it, we finally get it right. Kind of ironic really, just as my life starts feeling like a jigsaw with a piece that's suddenly gone missing...

Still, there's the eBook to cheer me up. That was certainly a surprise and very welcome extra piece to my jigsaw life. And the departing son, being an English major, actually sounds a little bit proud of me. So here, in honor of jigsaw boxes fitted tidily in the trunk, is a somewhat more boxlike version of my jigsaw book cover. (Can you tell I like jigsaws...?) And there, somewhere far far from here, will be my son soon setting up his own new jigsaw life.

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Laura Eno said...

Congrats on your book! It's always nice to have your children be proud of you and your accomplishments!

Terry Odell said...

I let hubster pack his pickup and my car when we moved cross country. Of course. When we were organizing what went with the movers and what went with us, he kept saying, "That can go in the truck." Yeah, right. I insisted he do a trial run the day BEFORE the movers showed up. Yep, he had to move a bunch of stuff into their domain.

But after that, he did get every bit of usable space filled.

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Stephanie Faris said...

CONGRATS! Is there anything more exciting than seeing our name on a book cover?

I can't pack a car to save my life. My husband is awesome at it, though. Someone told me in high school when we took that military recruitment test (they made everyone take it even if we weren't going to sign up) that men are better at "spatial relationships" than women?

Carol Kilgore said...

I think packing a trunk is a bit like loading a dishwasher - there's usually room for one more item. Unless, of course, you're way over budget with items to begin with.

Sheila Deeth said...

I'm not sure about the men and spatial relationships thing. The first time I saw my husband pack, he rolled everything off the shelf straight into a carefully placed suitcase, squeezed it closed and called it done. I think the kids may have inherited his skills rather than mine.

Thinking of which, it's usually me that loads the dishwasher too.