- Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Nora’s Life was neatly packed & destined for storage. Surrounded by boxes, each containing memories and her life history. Most could be disposed of but how to choose?
Should it be clothes? An easy decision. She had way too many clothes even though she never had anything to wear when she went out. Some dresses were almost museum pieces.
OK. The solution was clear. Three piles, one to keep, one to throw and one for the charity shop.
What about photographs? That was harder but she set to. Two piles this time, one to keep and one to throw away, if she didn’t recognise anyone in the photograph - or she could scan them all on to computer later.
Music? Did she really need vinyl records? Put them to one side for the charity shop but they evoked so many memories of times gone by. Perhaps she could find someone who could put them on CD. Of course! Have all the records and cassettes copied on to CD and then transfer them all on to itunes when she had time.
She viewed the various piles. One was huge; she wanted to keep all of this. Stuff for the charity shop fitted in a black sack and stuff to throw away fitted into a cardboard box. She repacked everything and realised that she had just as many boxes as before.
Perhaps moving from a three bedrooms house to a studio flat was not such a good idea after all.
Joyce Hill, by email.
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