The Turnip Truck

Only one remote is still hiding from me. Since all of the boxes have been opened, I fear it accidentally got thrown away. Then again – I have been breaking down all of the boxes before throwing them in the trash, so maybe it will still be found somewhere. I was at an electronics store the other day and happened to notice the universal remotes and thought “Ah ha! That’s what I’ll do.” Then I noticed that the good remotes cost more than I can purchase an entire new blue-ray dvd player for, (which is the piece of equipment for which I am missing the remote). Forget that! As my friend used to say, “I came on a turnip truck – but it wasn’t last night!”

The glass on one picture was shattered, but beyond that and a few dings, the only thing worse for wear from the move is me. I never expected it to be so difficult. Looking back from the other side of the mud puddle, I can see things I could have been better prepared for – like putting all of the remotes in my purse – but other things that I simply did not know were coming. I will never downplay the importance of ‘comfort zone’ again, especially when dealing with elderly people.

One delightful discovery in the new house. The moment I started putting up my pictures, the house started becoming mine. Picture by picture, the strange shell faded away and my home emerged. I would encourage anyone about to move to keep a box of your favorite pictures close by and get them out and up first thing. It may not seem expedient, but seeing those pictures will go a long ways toward putting you in a comfortable place and possibly reducing your hatred for the color of cardboard.



About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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