We interrupt “The Smith 2014-15 Tour” for a week back in Canada to pack up our townhouse. That’s right people, the townhouse has been sold!
Shelley: Mmmmphhhh! Hey! John! What are you doing?
John: Taking apart the bed. We pick up the U-Haul at 9:00.
Shelley: But I was sleeping in it.
John: The early bird catches the worm. Up. Up. Up.
Shelley: Do you want sandwiches for lunch?
John: Sure. Sure.
Shelley: What kind?
John: Whatever you make is fine.
Shelley: Hmmm… we could have peanut butter and jam or chicken and tomato or…
Shelley: Yeah? Yeah to peanut butter and jam or yeah to chicken and tomoto?
John: Jesus Christ Shelley! Why are you dragging your feet? We’re on a schedule here.
Shelley: Here’s your tea.
John: Tea? Tea??? Shelley! What are you thinking? No. No. No. No tea. Dan! Chris! Give me those. You can’t have a break when you haven’t even started packing the truck. Upstairs. Double time. Hut. Hut. Hut.
John: Dan, when we’re done with the table, take this box and this box and this box to the truck. Chris, grab that fan, those lamps and whatever else is loose and throw it all in the back.
Shelley: Ahhhhhh John. Do you think it’s OK to throw things? Shouldn’t I box them first so they don’t break?
John: We’re out of boxes.
Shelley: I’ll get more.
John: No time. Get in the truck boys. In. In. In.
Becky (Our Realtor): Turn to page five, look at clause number ten.
John: Yep. Yep. Yep.
Shelley gives John the “Evil Eye.”
Becky: Sorry this is taking so long but I think it’s important to go through every clause so you understand what you’re signing.
Shelley: No problem. Right John?
John: Yep. Yep. Yep.
John checks to see how many pages are left.
Becky: What this clause means is… uh John? Should I wait for you?
John: No. No. You go ahead. Shelley can fill me in. I need to check and see why I can’t hear Chris and Dan packing. Wait a second. What’s going on here? I’m not paying you to go to the bathroom.
Shelley: Have you seen my jeans?
Shelley: You packed them, didn’t you?
John: What makes you say that?
Shelley: Oh my God! We have five days to pack out. Why are you rushing everything?
John: I’m not.
Shelley: You wouldn’t even let me finish my tea this morning.
John: It was cold. You don’t like cold tea.
Shelley: That’s not the point. You rushed me.
John: Because I need to check things off my “to do” list.
Shelley: You need to slow down.
John: OK. OK.
Shelley: Did you just look at your watch?
Shelley: For once can’t you enjoy the moment?
John: If I did that, we’d never get anything done. Besides I want to be back in Vancouver by Monday so we can visit with the kids.
Shelley: Ahhhhh. Forget it. Just promise me one thing.
Shelley: That if and when, God forbid, the time comes, you wait at least forty- eight hours, that’s two days, before you pull the plug.
John: I can’t make any promises, as it depends on what my “to do” list looks like, but I’ll do my best.
Day 5, Vancouver…
Shelley and John, your volunteer travel reporters for “The Comox Valley Echo”
Stay tuned for more adventures in Nevada, Arizona and California.