A Few of My Favorite Things


There’s something to be said about downsizing. Purging through all worldly goods in order to make room for a smaller space. Not long ago, I went through it, and although not easy, it actually felt good in the end. If I didn’t absolutely love something or need it, PLOP, it was dropped into one of three boxes: selldonate or garbage.

This morning, I sipped a warm café latte from a painted cup of cream decorated in dusty roses woven in stems with muted green leaves. A matching bread plate sat in front of me holding a freshly toasted English muffin that called my name. “Come closer…nibble away….” Nearby, a shiny teaspoon of silver rested upon the cup’s saucer, while a butter knife in a flowered pattern of the same shined in rays of early morning sun.

The dishes were my mother’s, passed down to me after she died nearly six years ago. Afterward, I proudly displayed them in a packed china cabinet where they were used only once or twice a year during the holiday seasons. The silver was a wedding gift, over thirty years ago. I’ve used it perhaps twice a year, again, during the holidays.

In sorting through my life, I found a few of my favorite things simply put away, or saved… having chosen other items to use in their place. Why? What was I saving them for? When was the right time, if not now? Prior to my move, an estate sale was held where everything imaginable was sold, except a few of my favorite things…those that I had been saving. Downsizing opened my eyes to using and enjoying my favorite things. No longer do I save them for someday in the future that may never come to be.

Now in my smaller home, I use my mother’s dishes each and every day, including my wedding gift of good silverware. I’m creating new memories while bringing back some of the old. My mother’s dishes will forever trigger warm and loving thoughts of food and family around her Arizona table of solid oak. One day, my grand-babies will learn about their great-grandmother, of how much she would have loved them, and about the dishes they are spooning from. And too, about the very spoons themselves, those that are now clutched in chubby hands while dropping green peas or dribbling applesauce down wee chins.

Yes, there’s something to be said about downsizing. Use and enjoy your favorite things today, don’t save them for tomorrow.

 

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9 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Things

    • So kind of you to say, Patricia. It’s really nice to discover the silver lining after all the stress. Now, I think of my mother every day, and can’t wait to share ‘more’ of her with my grand-babies.

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  1. Enjoyed your narrative of old memories seeping out of family memorabilia that constitute a likely part of most decluttering and reducing process. It is always desirable, Kim, to whittle down and make space for new as you go through life leaving your own glowingly affectionate footprints.

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  2. A lovely read, Kim. I do love decluttering. For some reason, it makes feel really good. Not only am I making space, but I’m also helping a good cause by giving a lot of the stuff to a charity shop. I do save things but, after reading this, not anymore. I’ll be using them. 😃

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    • I’m so glad, Hugh. Do use them, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Such pleasure in my life to enjoy the things I’ve been saving for nothing……Thank you so for being with me today. 🙂

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