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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Quiet Day At Home

spent cleaning out the china cabinets and wiping off all the little doodads and itsy bits inside.  There was a depression glass Iris vase and a cut glass vase that used to hold childhood offerings of lilacs and vast bunches of weeds for Mom and Gram.  They are empty now.  Only the memories remain.  A ruby glass pitcher that I admired all my days in Moms kitchen cupboard and now it is in my china cabinet.  Just a pitcher, but oh the memories.  A clock that ticktocks along merrily that was once a wedding gift for a young couple  no longer with us.  With each tick and tock I think of them.  Tiny cups and saucers that once held Easter eggs for an excited little girl.  I treasure them still.  Items I once gave parents or grandparents come home to roost with their memories attached.  War medals and pocket watches, photos, an egg cup that adorned my grandfathers place setting every morning.  The flotsam and jetsam of life...their lives...my life...telling stories only I remember.

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  1. I keep telling myself I should off-load some stuff around here, but much of it holds many memories, loving memories - happy memories. It's hard to part with items that have sentimental value. I've no one to pass my bibs and bob,s bits and piece onto...no one who would care, anyway.

    I gave away a magnificent stainless steel carving tray and silver carving knife and fork set only the other day that meant something to me. I gave the set to a good friend because I know she will get more use out of it than I do these days. She has family who visit and they all love to sit around over a massive roast dinner, while my friend's husband carves the roast on offer.

    I no longer entertain here at home, and have not used the above for a few years. Dust-gatherers.... It was difficult, the thought of parting with them; and I thought for quite some time about giving the set away, but it's done now...and I know it will be used and is appreciated.

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    1. When it comes to useful things I have a 'two year rule' which often gets extended to five just to be on the safe side. First...offer it to only child, Second...offer to another family member, Third....if no one wanted it, give it to a thrift store. I've parted company with an awful lot of stuff over the past few years. We still have too much juink.

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  2. A quiet day, but a productive day.
    I too am surrounded by memories. Memories which will mean nothing when I am gone.

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    1. It's kind of sad to think of all these little treasure just going in a sale for a few pennies...but really...most of this stuff has no value otdher than the memories . My daughter has already informed me that she doesn't want any of it.

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  3. I get concerned that I am going to be the final repository for all of the memories of my family - the only proof that they really existed. The things that have had meaning could lose their meaning when I go. I guess I shouldn't be worried, so long as they have meaning for me.

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    1. We can't worry about it Harry......just enjoy them while we have them, treasure the memories and move on when the time comes. Who knows what adventures await us?

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  4. I treasure an old curio cabinet from my mom even though any of the memories are not my own.

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    1. I remember your post about the curio cabinet. These things are treasures in time.

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  5. My mum had a similar cabinet full of things, mostly bits brought with her from Germany and I have a couple of those things now, but when I visited her a week before she died, that cabinet was near empty. No one knows what happened to the things. I suspect her "helpful" neighbour has a few of them, but it doesn't matter now.

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    1. Your Moms 'helpful' neighbour may have the things but you have the memories.

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  6. I have given away many things to my family that hold memories for me. They are my "precious things " and these are items mean something to them also. Best to pass them on while I am here rather than they get lost in clean out when I am gone.

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    1. And you have the pleasure of seeing how happy they were to get them. I'd love to pass a few things on to my daughter but she doesn't want them.

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  7. Sounds like it w.as a day for reflection. Good memories keep the heart light. We all need those days from time to time. I enjoyed your post very much.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sometimes I think I live too much in my memories.

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  8. It seems to be the "in" thing to declutter down to nothing these days, with the admonishment that "you don't need things because you have the memories." BUT. For me, the things trigger the memories; I don't have a great memory but the things can help me access them. And if they don't, I have no problem giving them up. But if they do, and the memories are dear to me, I'm keeping my stuff and I don't care what all the decluttering gurus say about it :)

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    1. Oh I don't like the idea of decluttering down to nothing. I have decluttered quite a bit but it was stuff i didn't use and was tucked away where it wasn't being seen and enjoyed. I guess you could say I've become selective in what I keep. (I keep a lot)

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