As I walked my kids to school, I noticed for the second time in as many weeks a Uhaul truck on my street. Someone further down and across the street moved last week and now on my side nearer my door.
These particular neighbors, just a few homes down, are virtually strangers to me and leaving today. I don't know their names. They don't know mine. We say hello if we see each other.
I don't know why, but I felt sad, truly, that they were leaving and broke the ice right then with instead of my usual hello, "Moving?" -The dumbest one word question ever, given the truck and boxes.
Clearly, they were moving. She said to Arizona for a fresh start. They could no longer make it here.
She doesn't have to elaborate on that. It's a common and understood here in the Silicon Valley where our rents can pay mortgages twice and even three times over in other parts of the country. There is a undercurrent of struggle just beneath the veneer of prosperity. Some prosperity is more thickly and securely applied than others but many that 'make it' this far west stay for a time and then go 'home.' For others the sought after prosperity never shows. She didn't seem to be going back to anywhere but looking for a total do over.
She seemed sad but hopeful that things could be different by 8pm tonight when she planned to arrive at their new home. "It's 75 and sunny in Arizona," she says. We were speaking under gray skies and a week's worth of rain in the forecast. There was a biting chill in the air. Just yesterday it was gorgeous (as pictured above).
Trying to pack all the neighborliness I could into our last few moments together, I offered to have pizzas delivered to them for lunch. Too late to be neighborly. Despite the Uhaul only being there a couple of morning hours, they were about to be on their way, for good. I still don't know their names and I am sorry for that.
I wished them all the best. All of it. It was my final parting gift as I walked on down the sidewalk to my home and closed the door behind me.
Thanks for reading.
*I read 12 books in 2016 and have a goal of 24 for 2017.*
I am keeping a running book list. I have no interest in rating or endorsing these books on here but feel free to ask me about them if you are curious. It's just a list of fact. Fact being I finished the book. I only finish books if I want to, so take from that what you will. Below, I'll also include what I am currently reading with no promise of ever finishing.
Books Read in 2017:
1. Hope Heals by Catherine Wolf
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
4. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell
5. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp
This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warrnick
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
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