It may have been a mistake . . .

It may have been a mistake to try to start the big project of cleaning out my craft / sewing room today. I went through several boxes and was having a hard time as it was wanting to throw away my “stuff”–the process actually made me want to start sewing, quilting, painting, and all those other creative things I used to do before I started working so much outside the home.

But then I came upon the box where I had saved all my old calendars. I saved them because they had homey, folk art pictures on them, which I had hoped to use as ideas for some of my own future masterpieces. I also saved them because I am a nostalgic pack rat.

I didn’t get much done after that. There were so many milestones etched into all those little boxes: a motorcycle accident, a lost tooth, a surgery for #2 son and another one for #1, dental appointments (lots of them!); a positive pregnancy test, a car accident, dinners with people whose names I don’t even remember, appointments with some who I have reconnected with on Facebook. I found out that my youngest son was born when I was 38, and I have been telling people for more than 10 years that I was 39. There were birthday reminders of people I have long lost touch with. Insurance payments, layoffs, weddings, flight schedules, concert bookings, the closing of a singing venue, the buying of a house. So much life. My life. Our life.

I have recently watched several videos of people who live in “tiny” houses. They are ingenious in their use of space, and many are very artistically done. But I could never do it. I am not ready quite yet to part with my memories.

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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11 Responses to It may have been a mistake . . .

  1. tootlepedal says:

    I would need a bigger house if I lived in a palace. There is never enough space for everything.

  2. jmgoyder says:

    I know exactly what you mean!

  3. susanpoozan says:

    Enjoy the clutter and the memories while you can.

  4. dorannrule says:

    I agree with you about saving all those memories to revisit, and they just would not fit into one of those tiny little houses that are in style now.

  5. Those are exactly the things your kids will love. I wish my mom had kept track of everything like that.

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