New Address

Fresh Boxes
Serrated tape gun
Front door
Box cutter
Flattened boxes


When sprite is clicked


This 노래:

이사 Move | Moving on

난생 처음 엄마의 뱃속에서
For the first time in my life in mother’s womb

나의 첫 이사 날을 세곤 했어
I used to count the days until my first moving

희미한 기억 나의 이사의 대가는
Vague memory, the cost of my moving was

엄마 심장의 기계와 광활한 흉터였어
A machine in my mom’s heart and a big scar.

Discussion of this song by one of its authors.

About jaclynfre

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8 Responses to Move

  1. Fran Haley says:

    Good heavens – so much power in your images and inspiration; “recognition” and “grace,”especially, strike me deeply.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thank you for stopping by! I’ve been feeling especially moved by music this summer! Both recognition and grace have been the closest I have been able to come to pinpointing what it has evoked.

  2. Amy Ellerman says:

    The first and last lines in “New Address” are so powerful, moving from “fresh boxes” to “flattened boxes.” Such a sense of accomplishment to get to that visual image when moving!

    • jaclynfre says:

      As a teacher, I also feel like August is a huge move emotionally. The shift to open yourself up for new people to accommodate your heart is a transition that makes our profession special. We are packaging lessons in anticipation of unboxing them with our students. So many big big feelings!

  3. Lainie Levin says:

    You’ve pulled all of these amazing threads together in one place, and the result is kind of magical. =) Your expressions of moving, from the most literal through “Recovery” to the deepest, first “move” we make as humans out of the womb. It’s incredible. For what it’s worth, I went and followed that link for the discussion of the song. The writer nails it when we talks about moving beyond the idea of residence: “rather than a feeling of moving house to house…moving from one’s current position to another…” Thank you for sharing this today.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Wow! Thank you for checking this out and leaving your thoughts in a comment. Multiple meaning words are so much fun! So inspiring! It’s the revelation that the ordinary is filled with treasures. I can’t tell you what it meant to stumble on that song discussion link. You have graciously left comments in previous posts so are aware of early loss as a theme in my previous writing. This song and, specifically the verse quoted, offer an incredibly powerful personal connection.

  4. Denise Krebs says:

    What a beautiful post. I have read it so many times. As Lainie said, you are pulling together so many ideas. So glad to see you are back to dancing and flattened boxes. It must feel like an accomplishment after an unusual summer. All the best in the new season. I’m happy for you for the recognition, grace, and the connection that beautiful song gives you.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words! Although, I didn’t move physically this summer, I am definitely making a move (as we all are) from a COVID-infused role at my job (supporting virtual learners) to a return to in person. It did involve packing up temporary offices both at home and at school. The word “nimble” has been used aspiration-ally to describe pandemic problem solving. Yet, we can all take a moment to catch our breath and reflect on the pulled tendons and muscle aches this kind of performance sometimes triggers. Reflecting on the process is healing.

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