Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 7

Life is back to normal around here. School started up again. We’re looking forward.

I’ve taken a good long walk every day. Early in the week, hoarfrost blanketed pockets of the neighborhood, and there were a few wet, fat snowflakes. I haven’t yet tired of the winter landscape. This morning when I was out I watched a flock of birds. It was captivating. What makes them fly in unison? What makes them land; what makes them take off again?

I’m not one for making resolutions, but I do have a few hopes for the year to come. One of them is to organize my shoeboxes full of letters and photos dating from when I was about Abbott’s age, but I can’t bring myself to get started. What do I do with it all? Especially those that pertain to people I’m not in contact with anymore? Things that aren’t necessarily sentimental, but that represent something about me; about who I was at one point in time; that remind me that I was once young. Most of it isn’t anything anyone else will ever care about. Maybe I just need to take everything out and look at it all; it’s been awhile.

Here's wishing that at least some of what each of us is hoping for comes about this year.


house on hill road said...

I did that recently - well, in the last couple of years. I had letters from friends, old boyfriends, my parents, siblings, grandparents. All I needed was to go through it all, read some of it, pick out a few special ones from my parents to keep and then I tossed the rest. It was a great trip down memory lane, but also very cathartic to let the rest of it go. Good luck!

Ruth said...

I too tried to go down memory lane and decided I needed to be older. I couldn't give that young girl all the love I wanted to. So closed the box ,rather then lose something important.

Lecia Phinney said...

Erin: Wise words - thank you! I think the process will be cathartic for me, also.

Ruth: I love that you had enough self-awareness to know it was a matter of timing, and that you didn't "lose something important." Beautifully said. xoxo

Pam said...

Not to elevate your level of anxiety or anything, but I have pre-ordered your book!!

Lecia Phinney said...

Pam: xoxo!!!