Monday, March 14, 2011

A Suitcase Full of "Just in Case"

I was in a deep funk yesterday. Between all the tragedies going on in the world, and the mess that was my house, I couldn't motivate myself to move. So I didn't. I sat in front of my computer most of the day scanning website after website for any news that might not be so horrific. I was unsuccessful.

Fortunately, I remained online long enough for my "flybuddy" to appear and we began to chat. I don't know why I ever brought it up, but I started asking her what I should do with all my boxes that I never unpacked from the time we moves a year and a half ago. I know the theory: if you haven't needed it in a year, then you don't need it at all. But we're living in a temporary home and I was concerned that we would need a lot of these things once we moved.

Somehow, my friend convinced me to get up and do something because just sitting and staring at a computer wasn't helping me at all. So I went to wash my dishes. While washing them, my daughter came over to me and asked if she could have two band-aids to wear to bed. Apparently, she had fallen at school, scraped her knees and she wanted to protect them. I investigated. Her knees looked perfect. So I told her that at night, when we're not moving around so much, our boo-boo's will be ok and that its good for them to have some air. I also reassured her that if they still bothered her in the morning, I'd give her the band-aids then. 

She then asked me, "But what if I fall off my bed in the night? I need them just in case!" 

I answered her, "We don't live our lives for 'just in case'."

That's when it hit me. I have an entire storage shed filled with "just in case". From clothing in a zillion sizes, to extra furniture, rugs, printers and dishes. And that's just the stuff that I know is in there!

And really, what's the purpose of living a "just in case" life when you don't even remember what "just in case" items you even have. 

That's no longer "just in case". That's "waste of space". 


  1. Don't look now but I think another layer just came off of the onion! Turning the page to a new you! ((Hugs))

  2. Nothing like a little girl to make you see clearly. Go you! A

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