This weekend, I’ve been “helping” Tian move out of her apartment (Tian de Jia). In reality, the range of tasks that I am allowed to assist with are minimal. We’ve decided that I’m not at all helpful with her clothes and with her mementos. But I am able to help with the kitchen items and furniture.
A Moving Experience…
While it might surprise you, there’s nothing quite like packing up dishes and throwing out old bank statements to make you sentimental. Her apartment was a great place with a lot of memories (which this picture of me and Xiao Long – her roommate – demonstrates), and packing up was the first real sign to me that her departure is imminent. But even though the episode brought a case of benign nostalgia, it also made me realize that the next chapter is almost beginning.