It’s official – we’re moving. After years of wondering if we’d spend the rest of our lives in our current home and months of searching, we found a home that fits our needs better and a month from now, we’ll be living there. My biggest concern in this entire process has been my children: will they be excited, will they be upset, will I scar them for life by ripping them from the only home they’ve ever known?
Okay, so maybe I’m over-reacting, but I do want to take every step possible to make this transition easier for the kids. We’ve talked to them about the process (packing, moving, unpacking – oh my!), the timeline, the things that will change and those that will not. We’ve asked them for preferences and encouraged them to share their concerns. We tried to assure them that they will be taking all of the things they love with them except for the playset, which will stay here for the next owners.
One question we asked to make sure we answered all of their fears was: “What is the one thing that you are most worried about leaving behind?”
Two years ago we converted his Winnie-the-Pooh nursery into a big boy room and allowed him to choose the theme. His choice was simple – “Dogs.” That’s all he wanted. I couldn’t find any appropriate bedding and decoration set, so instead we drove around hand-picking the thing he liked for his new dog room. I even made him a comforter and throw pillow with fuzzy dog appliques we found at a fabric store. In the end, his room was perfect – exactly what he wanted. Now that we’re moving, he is devastated to leave his dogs behind.
So we told him he didn’t have to. We promised to hang the same curtains, use the same bedding, paint the same colors. And I promised to do everything I could to find the same vinyl border, his favorite dogs of all.
I am sure that someone, somewhere, purchased this wall border and never used it and it’s sitting in a closet or attic. I’m sure that someone bought twice as much as they needed and the extra is somewhere on a shelf. Maybe someone even knows what became of the leftover stock after stores stopped carrying this item.
I’m not feeling very resourceful these days because no matter how hard I search – Craigslist, Ebay, online stores – I cannot find this border. I have seen blog readers do incredible things, and I’m hoping that this time is no different. Maybe if we all do just a little digging we’ll find this border somewhere. If we tweet it or mention it to friends, maybe someone will say, “I’ve got that in my house and don’t need it!”
Our back-up plan is to try to remove the border and take it with us, but our first attempt did not go well. As the vinyl pulls away from the wall it stretches, warps, bubbles. I’d love to find new so my son can have his dogs – only new dogs – in the new house.
Thank you all for your help!