September 15, 2004

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Still packing. The end is in sight, and that's a relief. I've made up a list of what absolutely needs to be moved on Saturday, and the rest can sit and rot for all I care!

The building I live behind has seen many tenant changes since the new owners have taken over. The last remaining couple from the "hostile" takeover moved out today. They've lived here about seven years - just one year less than my stay at this address.

They're moving back to Ireland, or so I'm told. We barely said more than the salutory "hello" to eachother over these past several years. I've been a bit of a hermit here - due to random psychological issues and just a general shyness around strangers, I haven't spoke more than two syllables at a time to any of my neighbors. They're not mean, or frightening in any real way - I'm just, you know, the weird chick who lives in the back garage.

So when I heard my neighbors pack their final belongings and bid the owner adieu through my paper-thin walls, I was a bit surprised to feel more than just a twinge of loss. I had ever-so distantly watched them flourish as a couple. I congratulated them silently on their acquisition of a shiny new Audi A4 several years ago, and was shocked when I found them to be the proud parents of a baby girl (I swear, I thought the little girl was adopted - I had no idea the lady was pregnant!!).

Oh, that's the other thing. I haven't a clue what their names were. And apparently the guy (the husband? I think they were married) was Irish - he even had an accent! I only discovered that endearing fact a little over a week ago, when I inadvertently heard him bash the landlords (yay!) to a fellow neighbor right outside my door.

So anyway, as I heard them open their truckdoor for the last time, I felt a little lump in my throat. I wanted to run out to them and say, "I just wanted you to know, that I'm really going to miss you guys as neighbors, and I hope your future holds only the best for you in Ireland!!"

I would say this as I clutched at the lady's pantleg, sobbing, in effect begging them not to leave - not to disrupt this static existence I've had for so long - because them leaving heightens the reality that I, in fact, will be leaving, very soon, and that I'll never be coming back to this place.


posted by julie at September 15, 2004 09:11 PM

things people have said

I'm moving to Upland, a couple minutes further out. No big deal, it's definetly an upgrade. We will see what happens. Jon Schell actually bought a car and he has a girlfriend...nice

so said: Paul at September 17, 2004 01:33 PM

wow - good for him - no longer on the bike, and with a gf to boot - Upland - wow - you gotta move out of the boonies!!

so said: julie at September 17, 2004 06:00 PM



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