Orson Scott Card: Traditions and when to change

When our oldest child was 5, he came to his mother and asked her for a box.

"What do you need it for?" she asked.

"Packing," he said.

"Packing? Where are you going?"

"For when we move," he said.

"We aren't moving," she said.

He looked at her in consternation. "I already had my birthday in this house," he said. "It's almost my birthday again."

Only then did she realize that in his entire life, he had never spent two birthdays in the same house. He did not share our adult understanding that this was about going to graduate school, getting a job and then moving from rental to rental till we had room for our growing family.

He assumed that this was how things were supposed to be — the Card family moved every year.

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