Purged. Or not

I’ve been purging.

At home.

Unworn and I’ll-fitting togs. Tops and bottoms purchased for the image that was, and the hope of what could be. Socks that long ago lost their mates. Once part of a whole now relegated to the back of the drawer hoping for return of its mate.

And the boots and shoes. Do I dare mention the boots and shoes?

Instruction manuals and cords. Saved for equipment that long ago stopped working. Well-intentioned ideas pulled from magazines stashed away in the hopes that time would be found within busy days and too short nights.

Garage sale finds that never should have been found. Gifts whose usefulness never came to be.

At school.

Papers collected from meetings. Ideas collected from the image of what was, and the thought of what might be.

Resources books that long ago lost their appeal or usefulness. Relegated to the cabinet shelf in hopes that one day they might return, full circle and once again be the “next great idea.”

Trinkets of students past of whose names were once memorized, now forgotten. Lining the shelf, hidden in cabinets, tucked away in closets. Given with love or perhaps guilt, saved just in case. Just in case they might return and remember. Saved just because. Just because they were given. With love. They are tucked away, hidden once again in cabinets.

They escape the purge.




Author: hansonberries

As a teacher of sixth graders, ma special place is my classroom; my home-away-from-home. My first home I share with my husband, our dog Quincy, two cats, and my tortoise friend, Misha. I also have been blessed with a horse named Arjay. We have three adult children and five grandchildren, the joy of our lives. Life is good. I am an equestrian, a writer, a reader, a gardener, and I repurpose furniture.

4 thoughts on “Purged. Or not”

  1. I love everything about this slice. It reminds me so much of how I have been feeling lately. I, too, just want to purge at home and at school. The thing I love most about this slice is the style you write in. I am going to share snippets of it with my writing students.

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  2. This is fabulous! I especially love the line “Garage sale finds that never should have been found.” And I love, too, that the gifts from students are seen for their true value, the love with which they were given, and therefore escape the purge.

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    1. I enjoyed your slice.

      You touched upon a universal concern of purge or not to purge. Your teacher’s heart will never allow you to get rid of the gifts from your kids long ago. Hope you do share or get rid of some other stuff though.

      Happy Slicing.

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