Verlie and Truman Strong, 1938, Muskegon, Michigan
If you have ever been lucky enough to live with a Virgo, this information is going to be no surprise to you. Virgos are the people who make lists, for everything that they do or want to do, or plan to do. Their first inclination is to pick up a pen and start writing whenever something new shows up. You notice that I say “lucky”, because they love to make these lists. In fact they have probably saved your life more than once by their lists when you have forgotten what you need to do in your life.
I bring this subject up because I am a Virgo. Yes, and that is the way it is. I make lists all of the time. I write everything down before I go anywhere. Of course I don’t always remember to take the list with me. When I was much younger just writing it down would make it lodge firmly in my mind, and I wouldn’t even need the paper with me. Now things have changed somewhat and I find I need to take the list with me. I even forget from one aisle to another what I need to get, if I don’t have the list. Time happens to us all, and it sure has happened to me.
Today is the big day. I pulled out my old Florida/Michigan notebook that I have been using for five years. There is a page for “Taking to Florida”, another for “Taking to Michigan”, one for “Things to do before I go to Florida”, and yet another for “Things to do before I go to Michigan”. Every year I add to the pages until I finally have to start another one. I must have 10 total pages by now. Things are crossed out when I have decided I no longer need to take or do them, or added when I decide I must have it with me. It is amazing how much we can actually put in our Toyota, and still have room to sit down in the front seat. I have no excuses, I just seem to need to have certain things around me in order to be comfortable.
So I have begun this spring’s project. As I start packing I keep checking my pages, filling the boxes, crossing out the old ones that don’t work anymore. I make all of the phone calls and change all of the addresses. We will be leaving sometime next week, and in the front seat I will have my notebook. When we arrive in Michigan I will start unpacking the boxes and doing the fun job of putting everything in its place. Hopefully I will have remembered to bring everything with me that will make me happy in my northern home for a few months. I’ll put away my lists in a safe place until I am ready to travel south again.
Okay, so that project is done. Up north I can start a new list before I go grocery shopping because my shelves are really bare up there. I really need my list to make sure that I get everything I need because I live 25 miles from the store I trade at.
Thank goodness for having a Virgo in our house, that loves to make lists. I am sure that is what my husband must think!