When I was in high school, there was a paper I wrote in my AP language class. I can't remember exactly what the prompt was, but I wrote about my childhood neighborhood. I weaved through stories about my street, the dogs, the new trees that were planted, the friends that moved in or moved out, the re-models, etc. I was still in the process of learning how to write a thesis statement. I was excited when I finally settled on this one:
Change has become something I depend upon.

When I got to college and made lots of life transitions, I added to the story. I wrote about my classes, the evolution of my neighborhood, relationships gone good, friendships gone bad, etc. But I decided not to change the thesis, because I still really like it.

Fast forward 6 years, and I still really like it. I like change. I like variety. I like having a fresh start. And I like that I can always depend on having variety and opportunities to switch things up.

My sister Melissa just moved into her new, beautiful home. My mom, little sister Lizzy, and I were around when she was moving in and deciding where things should go. Even though it's been stressful for her, it is still fun. It is exciting to have a new layout and a different way to store all of your cardstock. It is awesome to have a new decorating situation and have to look at your belongings in a new way. And although she has her hands full, she is also going to bring a precious new life into the world in just a couple days. We are all just thrilled and so excited for this new baby boy.

To top it off, Aaron and Melissa's oldest is going to start preschool next month. Talk about a lot of transition. We have been discussing it a lot (she wrote a blog post about it too), what her new life is going to be like, what freezer meals we could make, etc. When I got home that night, I realized I was wanting a change too. I came home and set up a new rug, bought a new shelf and rearranged my belongings. That feeling of newness is just contagious.

In fact, I have noticed that every time I have a life change, I have had an unconscious assumption that I need new clothes. It's not that I want to change my look or style at all, but just have new memories with a fresh wardrobe. Now of course I am way too practical to do a wardrobe overhaul, but I do like to pick up a few new things. I think clothes hold memories. I didn't realize it until a couple years ago. I had just put on my dark red sweater from Gap. It's pretty cute. It is knit but has these little ruffles and buttons on the neck. The first time I wore it was on a first date with a boy who ended up becoming pretty important for a time in my life. So now whenever I wear it, I think of him. Or let's take my blue linen shorts for example. I bought them on a whim at Target at the beginning of a summer when I was living at home and was going to be babysitting and doing yard work for my summer income. The blue linen shorts almost became a symbol of the summer. Light, breezy, super casual, but went with everything. I now wear those blue linen shorts every weekend they are clean. It might have something to do with the fact that the Texas heat is almost unbearable, but I also like to think it is because I have that summer-at-home feeling whenever I wear them. It's like the sisterhood of the traveling pants... but way different. Either way, clothes have memories and associations for me. So when I am on a new adventure, it is fun to start the adventure with clothes that have a blank canvas and can adapt to whatever I want the new adventure to be. So here's to having a great clearance section at my local Madewell!

Yesterday I put new Texas license plates on my car. It's official. You know you are really committing to a place when it starts to involve the government and a big piece of metal that says where you belong. I am really lucky because I got the new license plate design they just released. Here it is:

Isn't it lovely? When I first saw someone driving with this plate, I thought it was for sure a vanity plate. But no, siree Bob. This beaut was definitely the basic. 

So folks, I am liking all these changes. I am finally feeling like a real settled local. Go Texas!

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melimba said...

this is a great post. you are a great writer. and, obviously, you are a great sister.

I think it's great how much you love change. I think it's funny that I really have a super hard time with change. It's a good thing you are my sister and are around this time around to help in all the transitioning.

you are the bomb. if I were to pay you for all the help you've been giving to us, we'd be broke.
lots and lots of love.

emily snyder said...

amen with miss. i love the thesis. a lot. can you put that into a cute font - for real?

your thoughts about clothes are ones i haven't realized are so true.

Natalie Grace said...

Oh, I have such a hard time with change. Beautiful thoughts here.