This last year I have been sorting and cleaning. Mostly going thru Kris’ stuff. Her art lockers, drawers and cubbies. I cleaned out a lot of odd things that she collected in the last 2 years…receipts, scraps of paper, pens, pencils, old business cards, scraps of material and several things that only made sense to her.
I found some things tho. Things that really showed me what was important to her. I found lots of writings and thoughts she has put to paper. Her thoughts are on everything from a formal journal to scraps of paper. Prayers for her family, insight to Scripture readings, random notes about something important at the time, half done art drawings, the list is endless.
Here is my predicament. What to keep, give away or throw away?
I am looking at things from her entire life. Pictures of her kids, yearbooks, junk, kids artwork, small scraps of ribbon, bags of stuff she kept for art, and so on. I have been trying to wrap my mind around a person’s entire life of collections…things important enough for her to keep, but some items don’t have any connection or meaning for me. She no longer knows what they mean or what they are…how do I decide what is important or not?
I have read some of her thoughts and come to tears, she is/was so thoughtful and deep in her writings, so raw at times. My favorites are about how she attached Scripture to gardening. And water, living water.
I have gathered every scrap of her writing the I can find. I have kept every picture she kept. I have squirreled away little mementoes that she squirreled away. I have tucked away jewelry that was important to her.
I am literally responsible for her collections, her memories, her keepsakes.
And, it’s all important.