my wife and I accomplished a task almost as daunting as giving our
cat a pill or teaching our youngest daughter to drive without committing
widespread curb trauma. In two days, we managed to move our two older
daughters (and several cargo containers' worth of semi-grown daughter
stuff) into new apartments in two different college towns over 100
miles from each other.
Apparently, my daughters are acutely allergic to remaining in a particular
college residence for more than one academic year. Forcing them to
do so would undoubtedly trigger symptoms like heavy sighing, involuntary
eye-rolling and refusing to use cute emojis when responding to parental
In other words, this wasn't my first rodeo when it comes to moving
my daughters to their respective college dwellings. And I think I'd
rather be featured in an actual rodeo than do this againalthough
my back would probably feel about the same afterward.
Not only did this move mark yet another milestone in my journey away
from being a dad of little girls who still held my hand while reaching
for my wallet, but it also pushed me further in the inevitable direction
of having my suppers at 4:30 PM and trying desperately to preserve
the remains of my vertebrae. Naturally, I started the ordeal with
a chicken biscuit from Chick-fil-A (to get right with God).
My middle daughter was first on our tour of luxury student housing
complexes across East and Central Texas. Although she hasn't stockpiled
nearly as much garage sale fodder as my eldest and most expensive
daughter, she more than makes up for it with her mania for unnecessary
interior décor. We spent at least as much time at Walmart and Hobby
Lobby purchasing various knickknacks, whatnots, dust collectors and
other objet d'art as we did in the actual moving process. And if you've
ever been in a Walmart around the time that school starts, you know
that some cage fighting and advanced first aid skills come in handy.
Once we had our middle daughter settled and fully festooned, we traveled
southward to move our eldest daughter into her apartment, which mainly
involved transporting enormous spine-shattering cardboard boxes that
once held patio furniture and were then crammed with enough designer
and thrifted clothing (some of it never worn) to outfit Taylor Swift's
entire fan base. Our daughter then had to make agonizing decisions
regarding which clothes to keep and which she would need to donate
back to the thrift shop since her new closet is only about the size
of my entire living room.
I am happy to say that, as a gesture of her gratitude, our eldest
daughter invited us to take her out to eat at an excellent Tex-Mex
restaurant called Gringo's, where I overdosed on the Queso Loco dip
and woke up the next morning with a chili-con-carne hangover.
Although my wife and I were a bit sad as we drove back home to nurse
our spinal columns and readjust to domestic life without our two older
daughters, we are proud of their independence, and we anticipate the
bittersweet day when our youngest daughter will spread her own wings
and soar off to college.
Anyone know of a cheap moving company? Asking for a friend.