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I have never enjoyed moving nor do I enjoy staying in the same place for too long. It’s quite the conundrum for me as my family and I are in the middle of a move and for the first time going through the process of selling a house. I would not recommend this process for those weak of heart. It’s eating away at my soul. I feel like our lives are put in a little glass box for anyone with a notion and 15 minutes free to come and pick apart everything that we are. Now I know I shouldn’t feel this way. I understand that its business but it’s not merely business for me. It’s my life and it’s very personal to me. And because of that it hurts.

For 5yrs I have put my heart, blood, and sweat making a house into a home.  And now we must leave it. I am forced to watch as inspectors come and say this is wrong or that is wrong and all the while the anxiety builds and builds. For some time now I haven’t been able to have a break or a time to balance out. It’s never ending. Sure there’s a closing date but only if something doesn’t go wrong. I’m not even counting the actual packing or moving of stuff into a storage container that doesn’t exist as a part of my meltdown. For example: The summer time started and we were hot. So I packed the cold clothes into boxes and sent them to the garage with all the other stuff. A week later it’s raining and it’s 65degrees in my house. I know the sun is coming out already but it’s those things that start to add up and little by little the accruing weight starts to get heavier and heavier. I didn’t know it would be like this. I might have assumed it would be a bit of a shock but it feels more like being struck by lightning, repeatedly.

I love my family very much and for them I would do anything. I would endure anything. I started reading a book, one that I would hope help my deal with this journey, “Lord of the Rings”. Sure my journey is not quite at the level of Frodo’s and his Fellowship but the lessons are parallel. Although things may seem Dark and without hope, if you stay true to yourself and your family your task and journey can and will be completed.

One does not merely walk into Mordor and sell a house.

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The end is coming.

The Journey to Middle Earth started for most people with, The Fellowship of the Ring, in December of 2001. However, my journey began earlier than that albeit in the wrong order just like the movies. I read, The Lord of the Rings in my teenage years because that’s what typical teenagers do. The common misconception being that the Lord of the Rings was written as three separate books when we all have been slapped and sternly enlightened that it was in fact: One Book to rule them all.

I was an ignorant reader in those days. It took me some years down the road to get to the Hobbit and since then every year I will re-read both books in all of their glory. But this time I read them in the correct order and I will sing the songs that are meant to be sung and I will drink a good drink as I toast the start of the journey. Meg Ryan’s character in, You’ve Got Mail, read, Pride and Prejudice every year around Christmas. Tolkien’s epic, fantasy adventure is my Pride and Prejudice. Obscure reference? No, not if you know me. I love, You’ve Got mail. Anyway, I digress.

I will admit that I have only seen one of the six movies in the theater (yes, the sixth is not out yet but I doubt I will make it). I have a stark fear of theaters and the crowds that accompany them. The only movie I did see was, The Two Towers and it was after three weeks since the opening. Regardless, the excitement built through the months of previews and the re-watching of the other movies bring back many fond memories of my bachelor days sitting in my recliner on rainy afternoons and watching the Lord of the Rings in their entirety. Did I fall asleep sometimes? Yes. And that’s the point. I will never forget what these movies mean to me and the enjoyment I will get when I can share them with my son when he is at the age to truly appreciate them.

I  remember buying the DVD’s one at a time as they came out: choosing widescreen instead of the traditional full screen version. Then when the box sets came out I bought those and gave my other copies to those who hadn’t enjoyed the movies yet. Then when Blu-Ray came to being I bought the box set of those. Then shortly after that I sold that set and bought the Extended version blu-ray set. It’s a life long love for me.

Even though the movies will come to an end of being made they will never not be enjoyed in my household. And the books will have missing corners and worn edges. They will have tape holding the spine together and every turn of the page will draw me further in to the journey. Whether it’s Lord of the Rings or Pride and Prejudice I hope everyone has a book like that.

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