See, my husband and I just bought our first house. Our big moving day is tomorrow! We own the condo where we've lived for 4 years, but he bought it before we got married. I know, I know. At 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.
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, a baby boy due in 2 weeks, and an Australian shepherd dog.
She has sold 11 books and 1 novella 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/.