Monday, April 11, 2011
Everybody has a Story...
Inside the box were three psychedelic scarves that were slightly shredded and had cigarette burns throughout. There were four romance novels, yellowed with age, from another time, another place, a different century--the 20th century. There were two small troll dolls who had seen better days, two pairs of very clean, but not exactly new white socks and a deck of cards from the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. I counted the cards. There were only 50 in the deck. And no Jokers.
There were some other assorted items in the box. A weathered coin purse, a stapler (with no staples) 3 or 4 pens and a Hello Kitty eraser. I stared at the box for quite awhile. Longer than I should have. I didn't want anything that was inside, but I couldn't help thinking about who left all that stuff there.
Once upon a time, that stuff was new. Once upon a time someone had wanted those items...perhaps even coveted them. Now, these things were discarded...thrown willy-nilly into a plain box and left out for anyone to take and do with these things as they pleased.
Every item in that box had a story behind it. Perhaps not a riveting story, but a story nonetheless. People are their stuff. Even if you're a minimalist, it certainly tells a story about who you are. You don't want any stuff. How come? What's that about? I sometimes wish I could be a minimalist...but, alas, I like stuff too much.
Stuff is important. I have certainly done my share of throwing out my stuff--selling it, giving it away, tossing it out, and once or twice leaving it behind, abandoned on a city street, not unlike this current box. I would like to think I am more than the sum of my stuff...but the truth is, I mourn things I no longer have every day. It's just who I am. I hope someone out there is enjoying my old stuff as much as I did.
I left the box behind. Kept walking. On the return trip the box was gone. Did someone take it? Did the owner have second thoughts and retrieve his or her beloved items? Those troll dolls definitely needed a home. I can't help but wonder. It's my nature to wonder.
Every piece of stuff we see every day, well, they all have their own story, don't they? What about your stuff? What tales could it tell? Would you be willing to leave it all behind? Hmmm...I wonder...