The Good Life – November-December 2019


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when he grew big enough to transform it into a toddler bed.

We'll never walk the same loop around the neighborhood

like we did every day, rain or shine, warm or cold just to get

out of the house for a while. I could go on, obviously.

In the days after the move, I fought hard against the instinct

to drive past the old house, because I knew I would never

make it without crying. Even now, months later, the only

way I will drive through the old neighborhood is if Macklin

is with me and he asks to see the house. (OK, I always bring

it up, but I let him make the final call.)

Last week he accepted my offer, and as we slowly crept by

the old house, Mack said something with a profound deeper

meaning: "I liked that house, Daddy. Yeah, it's a good house.

I like our new house, too."

A weight lifted off my shoulders … promptly falling directly

into my tear ducts. My 4-year-old simplified my feelings for

me, taking the edge off and giving me permission to keep

loving our old home, while still celebrating the beginning of

many new adventures in our new home.

In the weeks leading up to the move, Emily and I wondered

how Macklin would transition to the new house. Not

surprisingly, he handled it the best out of all of us … after

all, he's got the memory and attention span of a 4-yearold.

Emily compulsively painted our bedrooms. Lucy had

an accident the first time she smelled a trace of the prior

owner's dog, something she hadn't done in years. My

transition object was the lawnmower — I took extra care

getting to know the new yard, taking twice as long to mow it

as I otherwise would.

Macklin, however, settled

right in. We knew he was

over the whole move on

day two when he refused

to get dressed for the day.

"It's mine own home

to be naked in," he

declared. He was right.

We were home. • / THE GOOD LIFE / 3

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