Sunday, February 18, 2018

the dream of a lighter life

If, God forbid, I ever die, I don't suppose my great-grandchildren will want the Elvis Costello Songbook or the bejeweled Indian tunic, amply embroidered with elephants. So I planned to clear the attic of these dear items, along with everything else, even the potentially useful dried leftover paint and the framed Certificate of Profound Thanks.



Zeal gathered pace and it was announced on Tuesday to the assembled household that acquisition of new belongings must cease immediately. We will live with what we have, such as it is. An exemption for chocolate was requested and granted and there, I thought, the matter rested.

But Wednesday was Valentine's Day and the usual pony appeared from Scottish Husband. I look out the east window in dismay and there they are, the Valentine ponies, paddock upon paddock of them, cantering away.

10 comments:

  1. I think the trend for clearing-out while you are still physically and mentally capable of it for the sake of the kids is sad. Besides, they may want those bin-liners full of unwashed underwear.

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    1. Lingerie. But I read that you did not pursue French and so one must make allowances.

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    2. Now I am belittled in front of my Lederhosen-wearing friends. (slinks off)

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  2. We see you really have not reached the age of dispensation. No, dispensing.

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    1. You take the best approach of all, Joanne, in doing so much that only results accumulate.

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  3. What a lovely shadow! And ponies! The rest I just can't bear to think about.

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  4. I think an empty house and a paddock full of ponies is all that is needed for the joy of life and will satisfy all comings and you should commence again, if indeed you had stopped, your pre-Valentine plan

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  5. I could take the elephant embroidery off your hands? Marie Kondo reigns supreme in the rest of the house but I have a thing for elephants after washing one at Twycross Zoo in the late 70s...

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  6. I like to read those books of the minimalists - but came to the conclusion that I will discard fewer things than suggested. I like a little bit of cozy eye-catchers - though I do not indulge in Victorian abundance.

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  7. What will happen to all of your Bonne Maman jars and, obviously, Hendrick's is immune .... that must go without saying? XXXX

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You're looking particularly well.

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