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  • August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I fully understand this discussion about ‘stuff’. I do accumulate little things still and I’m disorganized as heck, but there are some things I’ve had to forsake because of ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’.
    I’m living in a one bedroom subsidized apartment. I can’t put shelves on the wall and stand alone shelves, even the brick and fiberboard kind are out of my financial reach. I have books and I have 300+ horse figurines, some that go back 50 years, that are packed away for lack of space. Sure, some of them I can do without, but the majority of them are much beloved.
    I really think it is rotten that as you get older, more and more of your beloved belongings are taken away. How do you decide to take one dresser (your husbands) over another (your grandmother’s) to fit in a studio apartment?
    You do learn to live with the basics, the bare minimum, and in many ways it does make you freer, but for myself, I will always wish to have my books (yes they are mostly available at the library) and my figurines with me. They take me to places of the past and the future.

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