As the time for our move draws closer, reality has started to sink in. Nancy has talked a lot about getting rid of most of our things so we can make a clean break. I am all for this, I like to think that I am not unduly attached to material things and this is an opportunity to test that. So far I am fine as I see things around the house start to disappear, and I don’t think it will be a big issue for me.
However, we were talking this morning about something a lot more difficult. We have 2 dogs, a big lab mix named Lucy and a little auxiliary dog, Henry. We also have 2 parrots, a quiet little Pionus named Maya, and a big, loud, exuberant Yellow-shouldered Amazon named Tiko. We have had Tiko since he was a baby and he has become a non-stop talker and show-off. The fact is, moving to Mexico, finding a rental, and traveling as we search for the perfect spot to live for good is going to be awfully complicated if we intend to take all 4 animals along.
Before too long, we will have to decide; do we squeeze them all into the van and try to find a rental in Mexico that will take them, or do we need to consider other options? What are the other options? The breeder that sold us Tiko probably would take him back and find him a good home, she is very possessive of her birds and particular about who can buy them. We could certainly find a new home for the other parrot as well. But, how could we give Lucy away, she has been with us 7 years, since she was three months old, a rescue from the pound. And little Henry is already so much a part of the family after 1 year that it is hard to imagine a house without him running around.
The problem is moving from the general, “we’ll just get rid of everything and move down there”, to the specific, we probably need to eliminate some animals as well. That would be a real sacrifice, I don’t know how we will solve it. It’s all part of the process.