Thursday, July 10, 2008

21st Century Joads

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is one of only two novels I've ever read more than once. (The other is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, but I don't have any applications for that in this post.)*

This move to Switzerland had made me feel like the Joad Family. We packed up everything we could hold and sold or gave away the rest. We left in the middle of a recession, and though that wasn't the reason for our move, but it did add to the stress of trying to sell our house in a crushed market. True, British Airways was no jalopy. But flying economy with three toddlers may be the 21st century equivalent.

The closest we got to the jalopy experience was renting a van to carry all of our newly purchased furniture from Ikea to our apartment.

Okay, so the Joad's were a lot worse off than we are. Still, I had to carry all that stuff up four flights of stairs before breaking our the allen wrenches for the weekend.

* Unless you count the fact that my apartment's storage locker is number 42.

1 comment:

Jer Jensen said...

I make Joad comments atleast weekly. Just last week I told Carmen that packing our 3 kids in the back of an Altima and driving 14 hours to Montana was very "Joad". We should have assumed the lease on your van.