From The Storyteller
Hello All: Sharing another part of our life's adventure. We're looking forward to participating in the whole new world of opportunities. More later. Enjoy, Doug
“The next time I move it will only take 6 men and a box.” Words spoken by me 6 years and 2 moves earlier. It’s Monday, and I posting this story in Lawrence, Kansas as Elaine and I are about to close on our new home. It’s spring break week so when Sunday arrives, we’ll head back to Lubbock so that Elaine can finish teaching the balance of the school year and retire.
Methodist preachers are moved from time to time, and these moves have given me the opportunity to develop such moving skills as the trash or treasure decisions. Moving tip: Remember the saying, “Don’t relocate, eliminate”. It’s quite helpful when it comes to things like deciding whether or not moving a very heavy, old, barely functional treadmill is a good idea.
Which brings me to an observation, moving is never easy, but it’s not the packing that’s hard. It’s losing contact with all the great people who will still live in the community that your leaving. I know this to be true because, even though we stay in touch with the great folks from our prior communities, we still miss their words and smiles.
The motivation for this move can be explained in one word “family”. Some (but not all) of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren live in Topeka and Kansas City. Since Lawrence is halfway between them, we’ve effectively transforms a 10-hour commute into 30 minutes.
I have found life is a banquet God that has set before us. We can simply look at it as what is offered, or we can share in the feast. Elaine and I truly believe this move will allow us to share more often in the feast.
The weekly Shoemaker stories will continue, hoping they help you smile more.
Moral: Like it or not, distance does make a difference.