I'm nearly done sorting and dealing with the things on the living room shelves. My dad and Buzz Kill worked together to build this unit years ago, when Velvet was three or four. We needed storage and a cabinet for the TV. I still have the big old Sony. It still works great and now that Velvet took his Xbox to his own apartment, that TV is rarely on at all.
Buzz Kill and I easily decided who would keep which wedding presents that have been living on those shelves longer than we were married. I packed them all away early this morning in sturdy bankers boxes that he left here last week. He's off running a mini-triathalon in Austin, Texas of all places. Maybe his girlfriend went with him; maybe not. They've been together about 2 1/2 years now, so she wasn't a factor in the divorce at all. Maybe she's helped him re-orient himself. I hope so.
I'm going through the photos from when Velvet was a baby and we were all happy. In the yard of the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite, in the hills outside Lake Tahoe when we were on the way to see Granny the Ho. An autumn weekend in the Berkshires with Velvet peering Into the Woods which has become the leitmotif of our mother/child dyad. Memorial Day with Buzz Kill's family at their ancestral beach house in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
The beach must have been the following year since I'd cut my hair short. There are some pictures of Buzz Kill and Velvet, but I didn't scan them into the computer. Velvet still has a father, but there is no husband anymore. I get a check every month and very few arguments which is more than many women can say.
These photos were in little albums on the book case. They are packed away with Buzz Kill's stuff now, and I have to go through several photo boxes that have been stored safely on the shelves in my little office for years and years. This little office used to be a very large hall closet, and the shelves are overhead. From a feng shui perspective, it's bad to have those shelves up there because all that stuff supposedly weighs down my thoughts. Maybe so. But it's only photographs and Christmas decorations.
One more Christmas here and I'll be gone.
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