Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What a beautiful story.

I hope to find some of that motivation, to do some cleaning and keep packing boxes. Moving, or planning to move, does weird things to your mind regarding material possessions. Why do we have all this stuff? Who needs it all? We have stored a ton of boxes of nonessential stuff that we packed up in May and have been living without all of it since then. Would we even notice if we never got it back? The only things that have even come up in conversation have been a few of the toys packed up that the kids are missing. And my ice cream scoop. Why on earth did I ever think I wouldn't need that?!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It was such a liberating feeling when we moved and we packed up tons of stuff for storage and had a few yard sales. Our house was completely de-cluttered and it felt so GOOD! Since then I have become pretty militant about not holding onto useless things, but I do really value the few very special material things we have that mean something important and lasting to us.

JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

That was an excellent story, of course told very well.

As to holding onto or letting go of things - recently just finished cleaning out my deceased uncle's workshop. OH. MY. GOD. I know we threw away many, MANY things he considered very valuable. Who wants three dozen dead marine water pumps?!?

Last September my family moved.

These two occurrences have combined in my mind to cause me to also be somewhat fanatical about not keeping non-essentials.

But still, some things ARE essential to our personal histories and memories.

There again, is that matter of Balance I harp on so much.

You really are a fine writer.

Keep doing that some more, please.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you so much for your praise--it means a lot!

I know about that balance you're talking about...I tend to over-sentimentalize material things sometimes, but I think I have learned--as a parent, and with age, and after many moves--that it is better to have a few truly precious things, then many not-so-precious things. I hope that the few treasured things I can pass on to my own kids, and they will take them, with the stories attached, and remember just how important they are to their own lives.