2018-02-07 / Opinion

Life Changing Experience

By Roger “Buck” Davis

What a year 2017 was! We sold our house October of 2016, left Albany on the RV and headed to parts unknown, with little knowledge of what was next... only that we were moving to Huntsville, Alabama, sometime before the end of 2017.

After traveling 2000 miles, we started looking for a new place to hang our hat and park our RV.

We quickly learned that the winter weather in North Alabama was not as enjoyable as good old Miller County.

So we loaded up and returned to good old Colquitt to warm our bones for a couple of months. Then we were off to find our new home.

But by that time we had been living in our RV for over six months and almost considered to become full-timers. Wrong... everybody needs a base, so we continued to look and after looking at 70 homes, we finally settled on a small patio home. So it was back to Albany to get the stuff out of storage. We ordered two men and a truck. But it took four men and two trucks to put all that stuff in.

Finally, after eight months of paying storage on stuff we might not even need, we were watching the movers place it in our new home. My desk that I had used for 20 years fell into a zillion pieces while unloading, and I was glad because I had already bought a roll top to replace it. I didn’t have to haul it to the dump, they did it for me.

We didn’t know our other stuff had been scratched up until the movers had left, but it was just stuff that we had had for years. Some of those scratches were probably already on there, and we just noticed them during the move.

Everything in the boxes was neatly placed in the hall, so we left them there and headed on another RV trip to Tennessee. We were celebrating Judy turning 70 and just moved in our new house. Moving was hard, but we did get squared away. That sounds like a song.

The next few weeks were the hardest, deciding what to keep and what to throw away. All that stuff we had memories of how we worked hard for and we hated to let it go, did I say that? It was just stuff, some of which we had not seen for 20 years, and the rule of thumb is, if you hadn’t used it in a year let it go.

After everything was placed in the house, pictures up and pots and pans in the cabinets, we took time to relax and went to Panama City Beach to celebrate 50 years of being together. It took a week of relaxing before we decided to return to Huntsville. The weather was nice. Fall was about to be here, and we were looking for Thanksgiving, so our kids and grandchildren could come to our house for turkey, first time in 10 years that we did not have to drive up to see them. That’s when we realized that we were right where we were supposed to be. Back to how it is supposed to be, the kids go to granma’s house for the holidays.

We did make another trip to good old Miller County before Christmas, and we sang a little karaoke at TK’s, along with Charlotte Perry and her friends from Florida.

I say all this to let you know, there are a lot of bumps in the road when you move, after you are in your 70’s, but the trip is worth it, so you can be close to your children and grandchildren.

Life on this earth is sometimes hard, but as we travel through our time on this old earth, we learn the values of what life really has to offer us and what we do with what He gives us is up to us.

So in closing this week, the bottom line to this article is we had one heck of a ride in 2017. Moved into another home 400 miles to north Alabama, Judy turned 70 in May and us being together for 50 years in August. What a ride! Life is great when you have your health and your mate. It is kind of like growing up in good old Miller County... you have to crawl before you can walk. To do this, you must face all the ups and downs before you get there, but it feels great when you cross the finish line. May God Bless. Still in Webster, Florida, waiting on the weather to warm up in Huntsville RTD

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