When we moved into our present home, I was eight months pregnant with Molly. It had been a challenging pregnancy. I had threatened premature labor and spent at least three months in and out of bed, praying for the contractions to stop.
As you might imagine, my patients and staff were tired of the chaos. They never knew if I’d be there for an appointment or if I’d leave partway through. That meant I bumped up against cranky people all day and worried about finances at night.
Then there was the six weeks we spent in a hotel apartment waiting for this place to open up. The neighborhood was scary and we were a half-block from traffic, so we couldn’t open the windows at night. Imagine, July and no AC…
Moving can be hard.
To counter the pangs of the unfamiliar, new-home traditions can be found in most world cultures. Here’s a quote that appealed:
In China people believe that it good luck to bring an orange or tangerine tree in the home. The reason for it is the fact that Chinese words for orange and luck sound very similar.
We have the oranges already, Zesties, but it feels like we need more. What does one do to open a blogging home? What would be typical of me?
I could think of only one solution:
I’m certain you wouldn’t recognize the place without a little DC, so I appreciate that he’d take the time to appear, and to so thoughtfully drop trou beforehand.
Does your family have a welcoming tradition around a new home? Do you have a way of warding off evil spirits?
Speaking of which, please do let me know what you think of the design, particularly if you’re encountering glitches or having trouble navigating!