Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Moving house is not stressful

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful life events, up there with divorce or death.

I disagree.

We moved from Broken Hill to Sydney this week. Yes, the house is a mess and no, I don’t know where the contents of the sideboard went, but the taps work, the toilets flush, the front door locks and the roof doesn’t leak. We can switch on the kettle for a cup of tea and walk to the shops to buy food.

So I stocked up at the local supermarket, came home, filled the fruit bowl and burst into tears.

I wouldn’t normally weep at the sight of food so maybe moving house is a bit stressful after all, but it’s nothing compared to losing your house in a typhoon. Having no clean drinking water, nothing to eat and not knowing if the people you love survived, that’s stressful. 

According to one BBC report over a million farmers in the Philippines were affected. Fishing boats were destroyed, rice fields wiped out and coconut plantations ruined. It will take them years to recover.

We’re fortunate to have swapped one lovely house for another. It will take a while to feel like home, but I’m counting my blessings.


8 comments on “Moving house is not stressful

  1. Lisa McFayden
    November 21, 2013

    Too true Deb. It’s good to get some perspective sometimes isn’t it xx


  2. 19annie43
    November 21, 2013

    So many of us are blessed in ways we rarely stop to consider. Thank you for the reminder.


  3. Smelly Helly
    November 21, 2013

    Well said, Deb, how fortunate we are. Hope you’ve unpacked those boxes xx


  4. nantubre
    November 22, 2013

    Let us all join together, combining our prayers for those affected.

    on a lighter note: I’m glad the move was easy for you. How far did you move from Brokenhill?


  5. debhuntinbrokenhill
    November 24, 2013

    Hi Nan, we’ve moved about 1200 kilometres, to the coast. It hasn’t stopped raining since we moved, unfortunately that rain hasn’t reached Broken Hill and they could so do with a good drop of rain


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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