Spring thaws, even after a mild winter, always get me antsy. I want to leave my state of cocooning, leave the nest, just leave, period. I start to dream about traveling or of pulling up stakes completely and trying life in another place. A major change of venue, and all the possibilities that could bring – new environment, new routine, new outlook, new life, new me --- makes for tantalizing fantasy. I think about what I would bring with me, what I would leave behind without regret. More prosaically, what stuff is more practical to take with me than to replace? How hard would it be to give up some things, given that I’ve purged stuff from my home regularly, and in theory I have only what I want?
If I were able to drive off into the sunset in a station wagon, caravan, or small trailer, I would bring:
- The dogs, assuming they are still with me whenever I decide to leg it.
- My diaries, photos, computer, and various legal papers
- The pots and pans, because I love them, even the ones that I use rarely. Also, they can serve double duty as mixing bowls and serving food.
- The handmade ceramic dishware
- The shiny red Kitchen-Aid mixer and the ice cream maker, just because.
- Maybe half of my textile (sewing, felting, dyeing, etc), cooking and garden books. Tough decisions would occur here.
- Books from my childhood. Although there are stories and authors that I love, generally speaking I’m not attached to books as objects.
- My boots. Because they’re all made for walking.
- My sewing machines and felting tools.
- My collapsible, portable metal shelving on wheels, because I love that I can move them around.
- All the blankets that I made.
- My collection of vintage handbags, because they’re so much fun and giving them up would make me sad.
I don’t feel much attachment to the furniture, and anything else I have is mostly convenient to have. So I say now, but I wonder what decisions I’d actually make. What would you carry with you in your own snail’s shell home?
In the meantime, I’ll be traveling all the way to Framingham, MA next Saturday, March 19 to be in the Heritage Craft Fair at Keefe Technical School, 10am – 4pm. See www.heritagefair.org for details!