Slow and Steady…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 2:00 am 20 comments


Tortoise and hare2 

I’m sure you’ve heard that slow and steady wins the race.  Well, what about extremely slow and mostly irregular?

Well, that’s how the packing has been going – extremely slow and mostly irregular.

I was tickled by this cartoon interpretation of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare .  I came across the cartoon at Goozy Dumps.  In the above picture, is the hare disqualified for receiving outside assistance?  Does the tortoise go on to a glorious victory?  Some situations just don’t go as planned.

As the packing saga continues on into overtime, I’m getting to the point of just dumping everything that’s left into boxes with the intent of figuring out what to do with this remaining stuff on the destination end…

We met with some dear friends who had a farewell party for us.  We had a wonderful time and now it’s sinking in: “how can we leave?!”  They gave us the most thoughtful parting gift.  It’s a framed picture taken at a party we and this same group of friends attended over 10 years ago.  It’s a picture of all our children (this entire group of friends and ours) sitting on a sofa.  The oldest child was probably about two at the time!   That oldest child is probably about 15 now!     And of course I took a picture of the kids in a similar pose now.  I guess there’s no need to tell you that there’s a big difference. We’ve all grown up together (both parents and kids).

The picture is in a beautiful frame with this inscription:

Friends are a lifetime of shared experiences and memories, laugher, caring, sharing secrets, honesty, listening, fights, talking, advice, dreams…  A true friend is a gift to cherish.  Friends are forever.

 Good friends truly make life better.  Thanks Friends!

(image courtesy of Goozy Dumps)


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  • 1. cindy  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 7:48 am

    that is such a lovely gift!

    again, good luck with the packing!

    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, I need all the luck I can get!

  • 3. Nitya  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 8:29 am

    What an awesome set of memories you must have – to take out on those quiet days and smile about.
    I hope you meet as lovely a group of friends in your new place….

    • 4. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:58 am

      Thank you, I hope so too.

  • 5. Dennis the Vizsla  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    That’ll be something good (but bittersweet) to take with you to remember the friends who are staying behind. Somewhere we have pictures of us and our friends from New York from our last get-together before we left …

    • 6. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

      It’s always nice to have those memories.

  • 7. wordjunkie  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Slow and steady may not always win the race, but you will look a lot neater as you amble across the starting line. Speaking from experience, of course…

    Do pack that toad with care!!

    • 8. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

      Lol! Toad says Austin is too hot. In Florida he stays.

  • 9. Just a Mom  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

    What a great and thoughtful gift! Here’s hoping your new home provides you with just great new friends.

    • 10. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks, I hope so too.

  • 11. Doraz  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The kind of person you are means you have lots of friends! Friends are the best. So are you! Hope things progress with lots of fun and silliness! I will be thinking of ya! 🙂

    • 12. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you! By the way, I really enjoyed your post on happiness and dancing. It made me happy.

  • 13. Gary  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    That’s a great going away gift! Very nice indeed! I didn’t even know you were moving! I go away for a little while and when I come back people are moving. I have been away too long. 🙂

    • 14. Era  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      You have been away too long – we missed you ! Welcome back!

  • 15. Hannah  |  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Oh, man. Having friends like that, with whose children your own have grown up, is so priceless. I appreciate that all the more having moved away from such a group three and a half years ago, and not replicating it here. Hope you can get back for visits!

    • 16. Era  |  Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 8:22 am

      I’m already trying to get them all to visit Austin!

  • 17. emmap  |  Friday, July 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    so sweet! another thing about true friends is that it does not matter how much time has passed; when you meet up again, it’s like you never left. you can pick up right where you left off. I have found that to be true everytime I go back to Indiana.

    • 18. Era  |  Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm

      You are so right! Even without constant contact, a good friendship remains and is easily continued.

  • 19. Tony  |  Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Love the cartoon!!!
    My method is just shove stuff into what ever box it will fit into. My wife is more meticulous. Have fun with it all, or not have fun & just keep plodding away at it.
    I haven’t been around the blogosphere a lot lately & am frantically trying to catch up with everyone. Cheers

    • 20. Era  |  Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      I am desperately behind in blog reading myself. Here’s to catching up!


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