I took this picture this afternoon. This is a block from my building. It's the first time I've walked by it in daylight since the storm.
Thoughts on Stuff
My synagogue has launched an active program for assisting folk who are in shelters. We brought bags of blankets, toiletries and other necessities to the Lower East Side on Friday and today did a collection for the Rockaways. It's gotten cold and there's a real need for warm clothes -- all my extra socks went to a good home -- and blankets. I knew I had some extra shampoo and soap in my bathroom vanity and found a surprise when I went in to find them. I'd had a leak at some time and things I'd put there were damp and in some cases, just ruined. If I'd kept the vanity more orderly -- and had less stuff -- I'd have realized this. I still had lots of good things to donate, but that made me realize how much I had that I didn't need.
It was the same with my closets. I had lots that I didn't need. Lots! I was able to donate a lovely pair of brown wool pants, size 8. I don't think I've worn size eight pants since Ronald Reagan was President, and then it was definitely during the first term. I'm sure I thought I would one day be able to wear these pants again, but realistically I doubt it. It gave me a good realization of how few items of clothes I really use and really need. I will think very carefully before I buy another scrap of clothes to bring home.
The two days off -- though keeping up with email -- have been great. I've been thankful for quiet, for friends and for light and heat. I hope you've had a good weekend and wish you well for the week ahead.