Aerden (aerden) wrote,

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Scrapbook of the Soul

I've been doing laundry, cleaning house, and bagging up old clothing to take to Goodwill today. I've been inspired to do this because of a friend of mine, who owns so much thrift store clothing that she doesn't take care of it and has been known to use it as carpeting in her bedroom.

I don't ever want to get to that point. I am a human being; I prefer to live like one.

So today, I noticed that I have a pile of clothing that is approaching the pile that my friend owns, and I decided that I must Do Something About It--Today.

I'm not having too much difficulty getting rid of most of the old clothing I no longer wear. Most of it is too small for me now, ergo, it's heading for Goodwill. But I am deeply stymied when it comes to my t-shirts.

I can't bear to give any of my t-shirts away, except the Xena one.

Mind you, I've had some of these t-shirts since 1982 or earlier. A lot of them are t-shirts from science fiction conventions I attended or have some relationship to fantasy or SF. I own quite a few dragon t-shirts, as befitting a longtime Pern fan. I have some Babylon 5 t-shirts, some Star Trek t-shirts, a goodly collection of Celtic t-shirts, and some pagan T-shirts. I also own several Kinky Friedman t-shirts. I plan to buy a Dog the Bounty Hunter t-shirt soon.

I know I've got to get rid of some of these, and I've realized that the reason I don't want to is that these t-shirts are pieces of my life, touchstones to lovely memories, reminders and affirmations of my most deeply-held beliefs and interests. If you look at my t-shirts, you can pretty much tell what sort of person I am and what I love.

I don't know how to give away or throw away things which so powerfully remind me of who I am and what I've done in my life.

I think I could put the older ones into a storage crate, but I really, really don't want to say farewell to them forever.

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