There is a square piece of cardboard in front of me on the floor of our lounge. It is shaped like a cube. It is a box. A packing box.
It is meant to have books from the bookshelf in it. It doesn’t. It is still empty. Our lounge still looks like a lounge. The only movement of materials around the house, are those of kids toys; a vintage pram filled with lego and a pop-up tent with cards strewed through it from the games of ‘Go fish’ and ‘Snap’ played today. Games I joined in on, a distraction from packing up our house into that empty box.
We want to move, we do. It isn’t the fact we are leaving New Zealand that is slowing the packing down, but rather the process of thoughts that go with relocating to another country. Short term or long term, there is a surreal realisation that in eight short weeks our home will not be here.
In eight weeks time, our house will be in boxes, hopefully, others are able to utilise some of our things and make them part of their homes, but all the rest will be in boxes.
Our home is made up of four people. Ryan (my husband), Jessica (me), Lorenzo (our son) and Ebony (our daughter).
Our home will carry their suitcases through New Zealand’s airport and board a plane to Mexico. Our home, our family, will begin a journey with indigenous coffee-farming families in the heart of Pluma Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico. Our home will unpack our four suitcases, and do “home life” in Pluma Hidalgo. Our home will work together with these five families – our business partners, our equals – and do community with them.
Are we excited? Yes! After almost three years of planning this project, we are finally preparing to be on the ground in Oaxaca.
Are we nervous? Ya-ha! But as I stare into this empty box in front of me, I am confronted by the realisation, that we have actually already packed. Perhaps not in the physical sense, but in our heads – we are ready to roll, ready to be part of a journey bigger than this house, here in Waikato, New Zealand.
So off I go, to put one book after the other and finally fill those boxes, one at a time. And, as those boxes are stacking up, I know that we are one step closer to our vision. The Lucy Foundation vision:
Collaborating with Communities. Empowering People.
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