W e’re trying to make a home, but I have things to sort out. The detritus of my life is in storage units and suburban garages.

The belongings I packed away as one stage ended and a new one began; they’re spread around. It makes me feel uneasy. Summer is upon us, our Danish shipment has settled into our new apartment, and I feel ready at last to consolidate. Ready to re-contextualise myself, in my own life story. As you try to contextualize yourself, and our little family that looks different to the ones you see around you. And find your place in our wider family.

"The memories flood back and it all feels so strange."

This production is made by me, Sophie Harper, in partnership with Wondery. I’m supported by generous listeners. Story editing by Michelle Webster.

Thanks to my family, my friends and my daughter for being part of the story. Music from freemusicarchive.org - CC NC License:
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