Can't help but laugh
As I unwrapped the first item, I laughed right out loud. I'm usually good at controlling my emotions, but when I saw it the laughter just burst from me. It was a wall hanging complete with a faux distressed frame and a countryed-up display of torn burlap straps spelling out words. And yes, one of them was love. It's the sort of thing I can see my Mom decorating her very-country living room in the house I grew up in. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice piece. But in our present state of throwing away all the silliness that we've accumulated, this was more than I could stand.
I'm not sure if I fully explained our hearts in my last post, but Ell and I are being gut-level honest with reality. If we don't need it to survive, there's a good possibility it won't be around long. We're not throwing away our lives; there's quite a bit that sentimentality won't let us discard. But as a whole, we really see all the extra "stuff" as just that, things we can do without.
So I have two new things up for grabs. The one I explained above and the second which really made me chuckle: a two foot long, rustic, painted-wood sign that says,
"Live Simply*Care Deeply*Love Generously"
I can think of no other way to meet all three of these goals than to give this thing away.
And that makes me laugh.