Chaos and Calm

Since the middle of August, Alex and I have been packing for a move across town. Just packing, eagerly, furiously. The day before the move we had to shift our attention. It was Alex’s birthday, and Hurricane Irene was heading up the coast.

We got lucky. Irene (from the Greek for “peace,” oddly enough) did not hit us as hard as we expected. When late afternoon came, we crept across the darkened landscape to a foreign, unfurnished home. We sat on the hard floor for dinner, cards, and gifts. Between bites, the kids christened the place with breakdancing. Fatigue fogged our joy.

Boxes still meet every glance. Little is in place. Aching, grateful, I try to muster the birthday card I never took time to write. Something about storms, something about peace, something about sanctuary. The words will have to wait as I, as we, begin slowly to settle.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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1 Response to Chaos and Calm

  1. Rick says:

    Continuing good wishes as the moving-in process goes forward, Tom and Alex. We’re looking forward to seeing the interior of the new home! Love–Dad

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