After a long day hike, particularly the ones in the heart of July, that moment when the trees part just enough that you spy a sliver of your car is a celebrated one. You’ve finished! You’re done.
I had a moment earlier this week which was like that… but times 1000:
My Realtor hammered in the For Sale sign in my front yard!
And this marks the end of a very long journey for me. I’ve been working on getting this house ready for the market from at least July 2007. That’s fifteen months. The typical gestation period for a human baby is nine months. The average Appalachain Trail thru-hike is six months. So I could have thru-hiked AND had a baby in that time frame!
(i.e. That’s a looooong time.)
And now it is done! And like the typical thru-hiker, I have a great support system of friends and family to thank. There are so many people who went to extremes to help me. I had people come over to paint and take down wallpaper. I had people who would drive six hours and then get up at 5:30 AM the very next morning to help me with… a yardsale. I had people who lent me equipment and advice. I had people who helped with glorious tasks like…taking things to the dump, pulling up the most disgusting outdoor carpet ever and pulling gunk out of a sink. I had people who would come over on worknights on short notice to help me move furniture. And even those these people are helping ME… some would still show up with food for ME. I should be feeding THEM, not the other way around!
Originally this post was going to be a huge list of all the items performed on this house and who helped with what. But I think it suffices to say that this house was a BIG team effort.
And so this “For Sale” sign, the Mount Katahdin of my 2007/2008, not only represents the end of a journey, but it also is a reminder of my loved ones. When I look at it- I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m relieved, I’m thankful and I’m choked up (a very good choked up) all at the same time.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!
I LOVE YOU ALL!