July 17, 2010

"I intend to keep things small. Really small. Thoughts and memories don't need closets. I shouldn't need closets."

Expansively contracting.

14 comments:

rhhardin said...

You can easily keep paths clear through the accumulated junk in the house, at least between rooms you need to get to.

edutcher said...

Unless it's all going to be sold, she'll need closets.

Moose said...

One of the sins of vanity is the concept that you will always be what you are forever.
God forbid you're memory should start to fail and all those keepsakes that help remind you of your past are gone in some sort of misguided ritualistic purge.

traditionalguy said...

In the early 1970s there was an Antique Auction nearby where loads of fine furniture kept showing up from England every week. And around Christmas the prices went down to almost nothing. Who wants old furniture as a gift? At that time I was amazed at that so much high quality surplus furniture from the 1800s to the early 1900s existed as surplus. Now that we have downsized twice, I understand why the English estates unloaded furniture instead of keeping their grandparent's treasures. Just don't unload your grandparent's traditions of love and faith.

EDH said...

I intend to keep things small. Really small.

Enough, already, with the 1970s!

Richard Dolan said...

This is the way of religious devotees over many centuries and cultures -- eliminate, simplify, reduce in order to focus. I wonder whether she feels any affinity to that tradition, and if so, whether she relates more to Christian, Buddhist or Hindu mystics and ascetics.

traditionalguy said...

Richard...She thinks Christian since she loved and was gracious to a Mexican and his Momma, expecting nothing in return. The phrase "Thank You" does not translate into cultures that have not been Christian once.

reader_iam said...

I love reading Nina's blog.

Ophir said...

traditionalguy, I'm amazed you can make such a comment without realizing how wrong it is. And how pathetically mean-spirited.

Surely vanity and pride are not traits you would like to associate with the Christian tradition you seem to think so superior.

Some things are universal. You will find kind, considerate, selfless people in all cultures and of all faiths. You will also find small-minded hypocrites in every culture.

شكرا
תודה

traditionalguy said...

@ Ophir...my apologies to you. I will try to enlarge my small mind. Thanks for the tip. Does it help to say that Judeo-Christian is the same category in my small mind?

David said...

My wife wants to know where she can get those boots. After that we'll think about closets.

halojones-fan said...

Shades of Lisa Schmeiser's theory about the Tiny House Backlash...

Bryan C said...

Our memory is nothing but one big closet. A big, cluttered closet with a hole in the floor.

TosaGuy said...

For not being into stuff (which I am not either), it looks like she certainly spends alot of money.