July 1

Moving Day (Quebec, Canada)

 

Quebec officials designated July 1 as Moving Day.  The concept dated back to earlier centuries, setting a lease expiration that kept cruel landlords from evicting tenants during colder months.  As the tradition evolved, Moving Day shifted to summer months — after the school year ended, which the entire family to help with packing and lifting boxes; maneuvering a large sofa through tight doorways; taking the entertainment center apart, then reassembling it at the new location.

Professional movers were an option, as well, but because of the increased number of July 1 customers, they charged double or triple rates, and their services needed to be booked well in advance.

An officially sanctioned date wasn’t enough to encourage you to move.  When you were a child, your mother ruled that the family had to move every five years — this practice kept things fresh, she argued, and kept too much junk from accumulating in the same house year after year.  But in your adult years, you’ve always owned too many books and papers, which are cumbersome to pack.  You’re more comfortable within familiar walls, and have grown to like your chosen neighborhood.

Today, you’ve been told you must leave your home.  You packed one suitcase of clothing and toiletries, and a few small mementos.  A small bag of snacks and water bottles is fine, also, but books are too heavy to carry.

It’s more like an evacuation than a move.  You don’t know where you’ll end up, or how long you’ll stay.

The important thing is to keep ahead of the wind currents from the reactor meltdown.  To keep out of the path of the transformed mutants as they travel southward, bringing their diseases…and their hunger.

Keep moving, until there’s nowhere left to go.

Every day is Moving Day.