Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pass, Trash, Givers and Keepers

I'm cleaning out my world.
Or at least, I am trying.
It's overfilled...stuffed... too much.
I need for nothing, want for nothing.
I have all that I want or need and more.
To excess, in fact.
So much that I feel sometimes over-whelmed by it all.
In my cleaning, I am finding things...
things pushed to the side, stuffed in a drawer, tucked in a corner.
Things I really don't need to keep & in hindsight, a lot of it I guess I never did need.

I'm throwing most of it out.
Some of it goes into a pile of 'Maybe someone else will want this.'

One little drawer of my life...
stuffed...

a card of decorative buttons, a half empty battery package, a watch which needs those very batteries installed, a phone number to the long-ago boyfriend of a friend, signed medical releases for a child I once kept, dog tags for a dog now passed, various postcards and stamps, stickers and incense, old coins and a wooden ring, a four leaf clover I found last summer or the summer before, old photographs and a fingernail file, playing dice and a couple screwdrivers, expired vitamins and dirty old marbles from the yard, lotion samples, wooden peace signs... and some

and in the midst of all of this, I found un-opened and surely tucked safely away for later, an envelope post-marked September 10, 2007. In it, a letter from my Mother. Sprawling letters loopity-looping to the right, each word leaning right introducing the next...filling the single sheet of linen, that wrapped itself around a crisp twenty dollar bill.

I tucked the twenty back in the linen and stuffed it back into the envelope....

and put it in the pile I call 'I might need it later' along with my heart-shaped rocks & holey seashells...

9 comments:

singleton said...

Ahh, sister love, you're always gonna need those heartshaped rocks and seashells:)

skinnylittlesister said...

Hahaha, I'd rather keep those than the 1000 other pins and needles I found ;) Would you like one? I have them in all sizes and colors.

Hammer said...

Sounds like my house...memories keep piling up to the point where I can't remember where they came from.

skinnylittlesister said...

Hammer....Hahaha, yup! And, the stuff really worth remembering doesn't require and reminders, so wth? Too many tidbits!

Trying to simplify life over here...
anything you guys want or need? So far I'm only down by a desk, a sofa & chair, a canoe and one truckload of antique goodies (pottery & such). Oh yeah, and some drinking glasses and a spatula. I still have a lot to boot. :) Want or need a thing...lemme know, I just may have it.
;)

Mel said...

Oh what I should do is what you're doing...

I've threatened.
I've planned.
I've decided--way too much energy....LOL

Maybe I'll do it anyway?
Maybe I'll find money! (fat chance....LOL)

Anne said...

Ah, same thing at my place. I try not to be a pack rat, but somehow it piles up anyway.

skinnylittlesister said...

Mel...
Hahhaha, believe it or not, I found another three dollars. SIngles wrapped up in a purple sheet of paper with a note from a co-worker that said 'You are too crazy.' Can't recall what prompted the note or the three bucks...

Anne...yes, quickly! Overwhelmingly so anymore...

does anyone want a heart-shaped rock? sweet little earthly reminders that long after our bodies are gone, our love can live on?

Orhan Kahn said...

Aw, just aw.

And more aw.

I did exactly this a few months back and it was quite exhausting. I even made a recording of it you might have seen?

skinnylittlesister said...

Orhan...
hahaha, yes, I do believe I did see it! I would never evidence all the stuff I have been going through... too much stuff!