Well, one of our sons just loaded up a SUV for the second time this year, and many (more) items, once again, were left behind in our basement! *scream*.
There's something peculiar about the piling up of a collection of stuff in the folks basement over time. We have only a promise that it won't remain there indefinitely.
This time of year, many parents of college students
(and beyond) are dealing with this same issue.
A friend of mine recently wrote a nice article on this same subject.
She wrote that "in Vatican II, the laity was invited to explore the Evangelical Counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, as they apply to their, to mine and to your, daily life...."
Who will take the Nordic Track? by Nancy Feeman
I recently learned that I will be moving. I am not sure when or where for that matter but probably by spring and definitely in the same town. I have moved many times in my life having lived in 5 different houses in Williamstown, overseas for 2 years, college in D.C., Mississippi for 2 years, 3 houses in PA, and now 3 apartments in MA. I have been in this apartment for 6 years now. I think I could say I am pretty good at keeping things cleaned out and at packing! This time, however, I feel that I have accumulated a lot of STUFF and this happens to include the stuff that my two sons "had to have" and, now that they are gone, don't want. "But Mom, didn't you have stuff that you left behind for Grandma to get rid of?" Actually, no, I did not!!!
So, for the past two weeks I have been a bit of a madwoman cleaning everything out in view of moving into a much smaller place. I have been digging up garden plants, cleaning out the basement, cleaning out the closets, the clothes, the books, especially the books! Things are under control now and I really feel that I am well on the way to the end, especially after this weekend.
Saturday I put my old bike out, I live in a neighborhood with a lot of children who don't have a lot. Within 2 minutes the bike was gone and I explained that I have more STUFF in the basement if they come back and ring the bell I will show them what I have. Five minutes later and there were about 10 children of varying ages ready to shop! They took the weight bench, the BMX bike (which was not even together), and the punching bag! It was great. Then I took out the huge bookcase, a bit wobbly, that my son made one summer and that was gone in 10 seconds! Only the Nordic Track was left - "that is really for grownups", I told the boys. The poor Nordic track was sitting out there alone for 30 hours, but it too finally was gone to its new home.
In Vatican II, the laity was invited to explore the Evangelical Counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, as they apply to their, to mine and to your, daily life. All of this cleaning has made me think more about poverty and what that means. How does poverty fit into my life? Of course there is poverty of spirit, but what about material goods? I have never considered myself as being attached to material things, but I wonder how I accumulated so much stuff. I can take some consolation in the fact that I really enjoyed giving it away! There are no coincidences in life and this morning's Gospel was the story of the man who went away sad because he was not able to sell his things, of which he had many, in order to follow Jesus. I don't think this means that God is asking us to live like a monk who has nothing really (though one monk has asked me if I am a cell phone junkie like he is) but that we should be careful not to be wrongly attached to our things, to reuse things and to pass things on when we don't need them anymore. In this way we can focus more fully on God and with His grace we can grow in holiness. I may have to clean out again before I move depending on what place I get, but I am ready for the challenge! ~end~
~I haven't had the time to clean out the basement YET...but, it will happen soon.
And apparently moving works.
8/26 Nancy wrote "He may never clean up that mess in the basement!"
Thanks for the warning.
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