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Bob’s seriously damaged toe – darned dresser!

Bob’s big toe on his right foot is black and blue. Two days ago, he slammed it into the old tool dresser he was cleaning out. It was so sore, he could hardly walk on it. This was bad timing, considering that the next day he would be bringing a flatbed truck up to the house and hauling away two loads of stuff.

We weren’t surprised he hurt his foot at this time. It isn’t unusual for us to injure our feet during a transition. It’s as if our bodies are trying to tell us, “Don’t move so fast, take a moment and think about what you are doing.”

For 6 weeks we have been planning and executing our relocation from Maui to Little Corn Island. During these 6 weeks, I’ve had two injuries, which caused me to limp. I also nearly cut off the tip of my thumb in the garden with a serrated cane knife.

We fly out tomorrow but that won’t be the end of the transition period. Stepping into our new life will be as stressful as stepping away from our old life has been. If at all possible, we’ll need to plan our movements, being extra careful how quickly we move and especially, where we put our feet.

Camille’s toe mysteriously swelled up weeks before our departure.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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