before you move house, ask yourself this:

are you ever planning to emigrate to another country?

We’re just going through the paperwork for special k’s permanent residency, and one of the forms asks him to list every address he’s lived at for the last 10 years. We’re six years back, and 11 addresses in. Then it starts to get a bit blurry.

Since I left home at 18, I’ve lived at 19 different addresses. And that’s only counting places I a) lived at for longer than 3 months or b) moved all my stuff into.

The future prospect of filling out this kind of form never entered into the decision, but it really should have. Still, good news! We’re about to cross the one year mark at our flat, with no plans for moving on. A record!

Are you a stayer or a mover?

About anna cowan

I look around, and here I am - housewife and aspiring romance novelist. This seems unexpected.
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6 Responses to before you move house, ask yourself this:

  1. cheryl nekvapil says:

    A stayer — we’ve been here in this house now for 23 years. But it was a bumpy landing with shorter stays before that — 8 yrs Deakin, 2 years Hawthorn, 1 year North Fitzroy, 2 years North Carlton, then homeless for 2 years — on the move.

    Enrique has worked out that the 3 years he’s lived in this house have been the longest stint he’s been anywhere in his life. His family moved a lot.

    • anna cowan says:

      I always think – at least we only moved once while I was growing up! (although, I suppose you could say I moved lots as an adult because we didn’t move as a kid? we’ll never know….)

  2. Alex says:

    Mover! I’ve been 5 years in Brussels and am ITCHING to try something new. In the last 10 years I moved countries 5 times and house 6 times.

  3. cheryl nekvapil says:

    I once heard a programme on radio in which a researcher was putting forward the idea that people who move a lot as children move a lot as adults. These days, there are too many variables to make such statements. The world’s our oyster — a global community, feeling like a stranger is one of the remaining adventures to have.

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