It’s only stuff, but hey I like my stuff. More importantly, I like the choice of deciding what to do with “my stuff” on my terms. A year and a half ago we downsized houses. What does one do with years of accumulation?
The move was difficult, overwhelming, exhausting, but surprisingly liberating…. BUT not easy. Furnishings and decor were divided into different categories; keep, son, daughter, consignment shop, donate. Although I have had some regrets, I realize with another impending move in our near future, ALL this stuff will need to be moved, stored, or disposed of.
Less than 2 weeks ago, a wildfire was burning in the town of Wetmore, Colorado, a mere 35 miles away from our home. As I stood outside with camera in hand, I felt ash falling on me, falling on the ground around me. The air was thick with smoke making it difficult to breathe. The sun was shaded with a dense layer of smoke, making the afternoon feel more like evening. The always beautiful blue Colorado sky was unrecognizable.
Evacuations were ordered and other areas were put on standby for possible evacuation. I look around my home. I look at my photo albums, family portraits, art work, furnishings, nick naks…..”my stuff”. If we have to evacuate, what do I pack? What do I take? What’s most important?
As I watch the news and see the remnants of “Sandy’s” aftermath, my heart goes out to those that have lost so much. My heart goes out to the fourteen families in Wetmore, CO, whose homes were destroyed and animals lost. The devastation of this summers ravaging wildfire in Colorado Springs is still a fresh wound.
I’m grateful I get to decide what to do with “my stuff”. So many, many folks didn’t have that choice. My thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost so much…..