In trying to start a proper plan this week (in my head of course) I started seeing things around me even more clearly. I am utterly surrounded by things I do not have real needs for and in some cases, we have duplicates! See we live in a 3-story home currently that is situated quite nicely in the woods, right in the center radius of Auburn, AL. It is a huge house and we stole it, or so we think. It has tons of storage and is very modern. We loved it dearly and we are very appreciative to everyone that supported us along our way up to this point. If it were not for some help along the way, a lot of help recently, then we would not be where we are… ready to give it all up for something more simple.
I look around and there are toys on every floor because the kids have attention spans of a flies and leave them everywhere. This is normal you say, but I say, “Have you ever tried to corral angry monkeys while climbing a tree? Didn’t think so. I applaud my wife’s wholehearted efforts in the matter and understand why things are the way they are. I gave her an impossible task with this house. Then I look at the tools, the blankets, the paperwork, the BILLS, the kitchenware, the dirt, and the shear amount of furniture needed to fill a house of this size… it’s ridiculous. No one NEEDS this much stuff to live a happy existence! So let’s sell it all we said. Anything we actually care about is coming with us of course, but so much is just waiting to find a new home to be hoarded in.
Mom, when you read this don’t be mad, but some of the stuff you gave us that you have been holding since myself and Jennifer were born has been sold by the time you read this. I promise we found excellent homes for it all! Homes where that particular item was immediately loved and cherished. We just were not able to love it the same way. We did keep a good bit I promise, and Jen got some in a box that she was not expecting.
Dad, I know you will understand… Mom saved a lot of stuff.
So a warning to all of you out there about the things you own: -If you misplace it for 6-months and never realize it, then you 100% do not need to WASTE your money on it. -If you would leave it in a small house fire, you still do not NEED it. -If someone borrowed it, never gave it back, and you just didn’t feel like even trying to reclaim it, then let it just become theirs. -If you would take it with you under the threat of a hurricane (and you have a day to prepare) then it might be something to care more about under normal circumstances. -And if you would fight a stranger for it, then for God’s sake take care of it!
Here is to cleaning out your closet, literally.
2 thoughts on “TS Post #2: How did we acquire all this stuff?”
Concerning post number two, paragraph three, I am cracking up…laughing! Don’t tell me what you gave away😓. I am glad that you were thoughtful enough to send your sister some items. She has not said a word to me about this. I’m sure any family member who reads this paragraph #3 knows what it Is about. I just can’t help being sentimental about family things; I have the “sentimental” gene. It’s very important to remember those who came before us. When I get in the new house, I’m going to get the genealogy done, which entails all the stories that are in my brain. I guess I better hurry up and do that before I forget everything. I do hope Travis that you kept some of the letters from dad & I for our grandchildren to read as adults. That’s pretty important. Although, you have now inspired me to do my own blog! For years everyone has asked me to write books so now here is my chance to do it online for the entire world to rai for years everyone has asked me to write books so now here is my chance to do it online for the entire world to read-if they choose to.
Your blog is so interesting! I’m going to have to pass it onto a number of people I know. Both you and Lori are great writers. Love all the pictures of the children. I am now an “official fan of Serindipity farms blog.” Keep on writing. Love mom
Please do write down the stories before you forget! I have a book from Nana that she wrote for me. I wish I had gotten Gammy to do one before she passed. The one Nana wrote is called “Reflections from a Mother’s Heart” and it has topics on each page to write about. It’s one of my most treasured things I own. I would love if you did something like that for us, but a blog sounds like a great idea! And don’t worry, we have saved MANY letters!