March 2018 SOLC–Day 17
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I tend toward clutter and like to collect all sorts of objects. In fact, one of my son’s high school friends once told me, “Your house is the messiest house I know. But in a really good way.” (I’m still not sure how I should have reacted to that one!)
Looking out of the kitchen window during a recent snowstorm, I realized that my windowsill holds a lot of stories. If visitors came into my house and looked at that windowsill, they would see an assortment of objects.
They’d see… a gerber daisy blooming, a bright splash of color against the wintry landscape on the other side of the window panes.
But they wouldn’t know…that my daughters gave it to me for Mother’s Day last year and that it’s blossomed three times and each bloom warms my heart.
They’d see… a small nest with two sand dollars resting inside it.
But they wouldn’t know…that the nest mysteriously appeared on our back porch one summer day and cupping it in my hands, I carefully carried it inside. Then I found the sand dollars on my favorite beach, lit by the rays of the rising sun. The quirky juxtaposition of the two, appealed to me–ocean meets sky, both reminders of the joy and peace I find in nature.
They’d see… an oddly-shaped plant
But they wouldn’t know …that once it looked like this.
Despite all odds, it lived and in its small way, is a symbol of optimism and tenacity. I even wrote about a slice about it (here).
They’d see …a small purple jar with paintbrushes in it.
But they wouldn’t know… that the jar was carefully wrapped in T-shirts and transported from Paris to Rome to Dublin and then back to Maine. In Paris it was a yogurt container. Here it holds paintbrushes and memories.
So many stories linger within these seemingly random items. A visitor might wonder, or dismiss them all as clutter. They’d see the items, but they’d never know all the stories that live on my windowsill.