Friday, August 20, 2010
Favorites on Fridays and Some Extra Thoughts
A dear neighbor died this past January, and her house is now officially (as of this past weekend) owned by a roofer who will be cleaning it up and remodeling it in order sell it again. I have been impressed that he has really tried to find new homes for as much stuff as possible. It's not been unusual this week to see an extra car, or two, or three parked on the street and being filled to the brim with baskets, chairs, and whatnot.
Since Tuesday, he and his team have already loaded two dump trucks full of stuff that have went off to the landfill. Unfortunately, I expect there will be at least 2 to 3 more dump truck loads (if not considerably more) to be carried away before they are finished cleaning out the house. I suppose that's not TOO bad considering that his team is ripping out old carpeting and stuff. However, before the house was auctioned, the auctioneers loaded up TWO dumpsters to the brim, and my neighbor's family hauled out enough garbage and stuff to fill at least another one or two dumpsters. AND, of course, there were ALL of the things that were sold in the auction itself. Stuff. Stuff and more stuff. It has completely boggled my mind.
So, in the past month, I find myself looking around our house and re-evaluating our stuff. I never want to leave my children with such a burden. But, in addition to that, I don't want my family to LIVE with such a burden in their daily lives. Such a heavy weight. My neighbor's house had been completely filled from top to bottom with small paths that snaked through the rooms.
Simplicity. Such a seemingly small word with such big meanings in my mind and life at this moment.