Old Baggage

It was a dark and stormy night last night. It is a dark and stormy morning this morning, and it’s Friday the 13th to boot. Seems like a good day to get back to writing.

I’ve neglected the blog lately because I’ve been sort of a wreck. Far too much drama going on in my personal life, and far too much old baggage falling out of the closet on top of my head. So I did what I should have done with that old baggage to begin with. I took it all out of the dark closet, and cleaned the dust away. Then I opened each package and looked at the contents.

I took out each item, shook away the mites and moths, and examined it carefully. Some of that stuff is old and useless. I tossed it out, with or without due ceremony.

Some of it I wasn’t sure about or didn’t feel up to cleaning and mending. I took note of each item, folded it carefully, packed it securely, and put it safely back on the closet shelf.

Some of what I found can be remade or even used as-is. It was to those things that I turned my attention. I took my time. I brushed each item carefully, removing the cobwebs and dust. I looked at it calmly, closely observing each fold and wrinkle, and I smoothed it. I tried it on. If it fit, I washed, mended and ironed it and gave it a place in my cupboard of useful items. If it didn’t fit, I got rid of it.

I didn’t finish going through everything, so I put what was left over back in the storage closet. But the closet is clean now and it won’t be such a daunting chore to open it up next time.

4 Responses

  1. What a beautiful description of the process of reflection and moving forward. And thanks for the comment over at my blog.

  2. Knot Telling says:

    Thank you, SD. I love your blog, you know, and read every new post (even if I don’t always comment).

    I’m trying a new Tuscan white bean soup recipe today, btw. It looks delicious and should only take about 15 minutes of prep and an hour of cooking. Yay!

  3. Oooh. Do you have a recipe for the soup? I’m looking for warm things to make.

    And thanks for the nice words about my blog. I love yours too and appreciate your unique voice.

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