July 18, 2010
New Homes, Moving, and Setting up House
See, my husband and I just bought our first house. We own the condo where we live now, but he bought it before we got married. I know, I know. Nearing the middle of my 30's and I'm only just now buying a house. That's only because we married a bit later. Enough about me, though. Let's get back to topic.
Since moving and buying a house is on my mind, I thought I'd do a little digging on those pioneers who have gone through the same trials and tribulations...only under much more difficult circumstances. They didn't have to concern themselves with where to put the computer, or where the outlets were in a room, or even overloading the circuit breaker. They didn't even have to worry about downsizing or filling all of the available rooms in their house.
Moving became more about what and who they were leaving behind, and the new life they were establishing. Since the majority of people stayed in one place once they settled, and they stayed near their family, if they moved, the journey usually ended up being at least 100 miles or more away. Travel would take days or even weeks, so visits didn't happen often. When they said goodbye, they knew it might mean the last goodbye they would have the chance to say.
Once in a while, a move would take place with a marriage and a move to a new house within the same town. But that didn't happen often.
Now, setting up house didn't take nearly as long then as it does today. Primarily because they didn't accumulate anywhere near the amount of "junk". So, they didn't have to cart it with them to the new home. Sure, they had their choice comfort items to make a house feel like a home. A hand-made quilt, personal keepsake, or family heirloom would go a long way toward adding that little touch.
And the women still took control of the home. That's one of the many great ways to keep the man of the house guessing. :)
So, how about you? How many times have you moved in your life? Was there anything or anyone you had to leave behind? Have you ever moved more than 100 miles away from your family? Why and where? And in what other ways were the pioneer families and folks different in their moving practices or habits than we are today?
Let's get some dialogue and chatter going.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an author, online marketing specialist and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have 1 daughter so far and a border collie.
She has sold eight books so far to Barbour Publishing, is a columnist for the ACFW e-zine, AFictionado, and writes other articles as well. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.