When I was 15 my family moved to the West Indies for my fathers work. This would turn out to be a big adventure for me. We were living in New York at the time and I come from a large family so this was going to be a huge undertaking. We were a family of eight ranging in the ages of 2 to 15. We started packing two weeks before we were to move and what a job it was. There were children to care for and meals to cook as before with the added work of sorting through all of our belongings.
The little ones always get so fussy. On the day of the move, things were really stressful and hectic. Finally, we were ready to begin our long journey. We flew into the capital city the flight is 8 hours long. Once there we were able to spend a few days to relax before all our belongings were shipped to our new house. It is a beautiful city with much that is so new to us. There are so many options for different things to try and do. My oldest brothers chose to go windsurfing while the younger children played on the beach with my mother and me. My father had gone on before us to meet the ship that was bringing our belongings.
Two days later we arrived at our new home and started putting things away. There were so many large crates to go through and much work to do. I will never forget how hard this move was with our parents and my father in particular. We had to do everything ourselves and with a large family that amounts to a lot of work and stress. Now it is 50 years later and so much has changed. There are professional moving companies that will come in and load up all your belongings and take them to your new home. Nowadays they will even come and do all the packing for you as well as tearing down furniture and beds and then reassemble them for you when you move in. My parents could have really benefited from a service like that back then and saved themselves a lot of work and so much stress. I’m so glad it is easier and more convenient to move now. My parents would love this!