Blitzen is really anxious about our move. Wednesday is the big day. There have been so many interesting moments leading up the move, it is hard to remember it all.
First, it was the box delivery. She was obsessed with it, didn’t want to go to bed until the boxes arrived, woke up early to inspect them and insisted on starting to fill them right away. And so we started with items like books. It has been a little hard to convince her that we shouldn’t pack everything until the night before we move because we still need to live and some things, like underpants, will come in handy over the next few days.
We went through her books this weekend and convinced her to discard or donate a few items. The child has a hording tendency which is absolutely understandable but she was reluctant to part with anything. And I have the opposite tendencies and I am like, get rid of it, get rid of it, it is clutter, ugh!
She continues to have lots of questions about what we are taking and what we are leaving behind. We had originally told her that we were taking everything but she is clever and precise — are you taking the sink, the dishwasher??? Well, no. So now we are careful as we discuss the items to go and those to stay.
But Blitzen has really channeled her considerable fear and trepidation into her fantasy life, reinvigorating an old creative outlet – the fairy house. While we were packing up books, we uncovered a really lovely book of photographs of fairy houses. Very elaborate constructions, a book of inspiration to Blitzen during the height of her fairy house building craze this spring. So we carry the book around the house, consulting it often, and adding to the long list of construction materials and amenities necessary to build the best fairy house ever. We’ve also started writing to our fairies again. This, I am sure, was partially inspired by a skype conversation last week with our niece, K, who now has fairies of her own and had recieved a locket with fairy dust in it. So, we got a locket, and it was left out overnight and magically it was filled with fairy dust. FYI – sea salt, blue decorating sugar and a few crystals that look like diamonds is a great fairy dust recipe.
In our notes to our fairies (we have 3 new ones, by the way – ocean fairies named Ripple, Waverly, Stella Sea because we not only love fairies, we love the sea and mermaids so….) we told them everything that they need to know. We were sure to give our fairies our new address. We described the new fairy house that we will be building for them and assured them how wonderful it will be, better even, than our current home. The notes are almost mantra like in their intensity, a little girl’s whisper – it will be ok, it will be ok, it will be ok.
And, of course, it will be ok. But I expect it will be a bumpy and stressful week. Thank goodness for our fairy friends.