Pending relocation germinates my thoughts like dandelions. Ever since the possibility sprouted in our family garden, they’ve gone rogue.

Lists propagate like spores in a wet basement and I realize if we are called to this, we need an action plan _and soon.

I am more of a nester than a packer, so my best intentions meet the resistance of my own nature.

It will come as no surprise to you that I realized I could fracture some of Ben Franklin’s beloved aphorisms to speak to our situation and support literary procrastination.

Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Aphorisms Adapted for Mammas Stalled in Transition:

A good example is the best sermon.

A good example is an empty box.

A Slip of the Foot you may soon recover,
But a Slip of the Tongue you may never get over.

A Slip of the Purse you may soon recover, But a Slip of Geography may find you forever lost.

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

Be willing to cast off everything; donate many; gift few; keep one; hoard none.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

Be slow in choosing an address, slower in changing.

Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.

Beware of avoiding goodbyes, a small leak will sink a great ship.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Beware the five-year-old with packing tape and the teenager with a box-cutter.

But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

But in this move nothing can be said to be certain, except Faith and Trust in His plans for us.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Disgruntled grandparents have better memories than their children.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Diligence is the mother of good planning.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Do not rehearse anger, or befriend anxiety. Dwell in possibilities.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is
 made of.

Do not squander Love for that is the stuff eternity is made of.

Don’t thou love life ? Then do not squander time, for
that is the stuff life is made of.

Don’t thou love God? Then do not squander prayer, for that is the fuel that feeds the soul

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.

Drive thy move or it will drive thee.

Well baby I’ve been here before

I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah!