Monday, May 22, 2006

I Finally Get It

I have been making fun of my sister for nearly six years for not actually moving out of my parents house when she got married. She flew halfway across the world, and didn't start to pack until the day before her flight. Until now, I would jeer at the Torah tapes still adorning her old shelf, and snicker at her sneakers still being suspended by the shoe holder in MY former closet. "The only evidence of my ever having grown up in that house, is my ten-speed in the garage," I would mock.

Today, I threw out or prepared for garage sale:

Books I read and re-read to my kids
The toilet training seat
My son's first teddy bear
The Johnson's baby lotion I bought 10 years ago and never used
Half of my daughter's blankies
My daughter's first (size 2) shoes
So many other things I have since blocked out.

When you are doing something you really want to do, but it is still incredibly hard, you tend to procrasinate as long as possible to avoid the pain of not saving those things that you don't need, but really wanted to keep forever.

My sister has since made a lovely life for herself and my brother-in-law in England, but her personalized baby wall-hanging is still hanging upstairs in the light blue room at 294. I have no such convenient spot for storing my unneeded and extraneous stuff. And while our family still pokes fun at my sister, I will envy her.


Blogger DodahR said...

That's one of the best things I've ever read...glad you finally understand. By the way, as I read this to Spencer, he interjected, "It is a lovely life...'. But we're still joing you in 48 months....Love, R

May 23, 2006 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Nth reason not to go ahead with this harebrained scheme.

May 23, 2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger Emah S said...'s a stupid saying that many country type on tv have on their walls, embroidered of course, but it is oh, so true....


Don't stress or fret over the things that you hold as someone buys them for 75cents; but cherish the memories that will be forever in your heart and mind. Keep looking forward and as they say, keep your eye on the ball! (like that one air? a sports reference for you!)

Hang in there......... "we've only just begun..."

May 23, 2006 6:45 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

R- You'd better. I'll put out the welcome mat that says "Home is where the heart is."

Emah- I'm not fretting over each item. Only all of it. It's hard cleaning house. But of course I would have had to do it eventually.

May 23, 2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger swiftthinker said...

I'm with R, I still have a ton of stuff at my parents. I look through it all the time when I'm there. I get a good laugh out of of it.
And R, are you going to Israel also???? Why why do I not get shocked by anything this family has done for the last 15 years? Good luck and how have you been?

May 23, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

When we announced our departure, R promptly turned to her dear husband and told him "Five years."

May 23, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger swiftthinker said...

and when will the rest of the family follow?

May 23, 2006 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg its a plague

May 24, 2006 3:09 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

Shortly, probably.

May 24, 2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger da shevster said...

what the heck is ANYONE gonna stay here with me?!?

May 24, 2006 8:20 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

I think swiftthinker means my passaic family.

May 25, 2006 8:59 AM  
Anonymous the shver said...

We will allow you to deposit a small # of really important items, if you must. We'll find room. Then we can bring them along when we follow you guys.

June 05, 2006 4:19 PM  
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