That’s A Lot to Unpack

The art of moving during a pandemic

A former student painted this watercolor of our new abode in Charlotte — a sort of Hansel and Gretel cottage without the witch and the deadly oven. I gifted this rendering to Moker for Christmas. Watercolor by Lisa Olmsted-Thompson, who has an Etsy shop, if you’re interested.
Cleo the Cat relaxes on the screened-in porch at our new place Down South. Photo: Author’s archives
A few of the plants that Ella Numera Una lugged down to CLT during our pandemic move found a home in my favorite room in our new digs. Photo: Author’s archives
We lived at this address in D.C.’s suburbs for 27 years. We moved 400 miles south to be closer to family. Photo: Author’s archives

A Native Texan and Mizzou Journalism grad, Nelson has worked in newspapers, politics, PR and as a high school publications adviser and AP English teacher.

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