+ one for you to use this week
I love your train of thought writing. And because I know you, I can hear it perfectly.
Do not hoard what seems good for a later place. This is what spoke to me. I am currently working on a project for that very reason. My drawers and closets of full of little treasures from 76 years of living. They are in drawers in little boxes, many labeled so I won't forget their significance. Many are insignificant things I haven't been able to part with. My project? Gather them all together from their hiding places and glue them on to a lamp base I bought for that purpose. For the rest of my life, they can be out of their hiding places for me to enjoy and reminisce--pin for 1957 merit award, favorite earrings from 1990, Hubby's Michigan bell pins, My Weight watchers pins, so I can point out to friends I once was actually AT a goal weight, old watch parts that once belonged to my grandfather--a jeweleryand watch maker, earrings that belonged to my mother who has been gone for 43 years, a mini care bear and troll, a daughter's favorite...well that is some of it. They are no longer special for a dresser drawer--they get to shine in the light of the lamp for as long as I live.
Julie, thank you for sharing ALL this--the process trail of thought, the results, and the wanderings along the way. I treasure this evidence that following the winding path is worth the journey, often in surprising ways. The Ross Gay poem is the perfect closing. I'll ponder this one for a good while.
Thank you for this sample from Ross Gay, whom you’ve mentioned to me before. What a powerful connection to the idea of witness.