Remember the beginning of The Bells of St. Mary's? Father O'Malley shows up at the rectory with ONE suitcase? As if all his earthly possessions fit into that one bag? Yeah, right. LIES!
I'm taking a break from packing. It's been exactly one year since I did it last, and I've gotten better at it. I saved the boxes from last year, breaking them down and storing them under my bed. Now, packing is like a big jigsaw puzzle: I put each box back together and then put in it whatever is written on the outside. At this point, it's like a game.
The truth is that a move is a good thing every so often. It gives you the chance to go through things you'd ordinarily leave untouched, and ask yourself, "Do I really need this?", "Have I used this in the last ___ years?", "Did I even open this box from the last time I moved?", "Whatever happened to that puppy they gave me?"
My friend, Fr. Jim Weldon, a Priest of the Diocese of Wichita, had a great blog entry recently on his parish's blog. If any of you know of a Priest who is being transferred, now is the time to offer to help. It's a great way to get free theology books, since he doesn't want to pack them but can't bring himself to throw them away.