What Do You Do With Life's Odds And Ends?

One Step At A Time

In life we deal with living

Each day there are little reminders of what we have done

Where we have gone

Over time these little reminders get to pile up

Then we have a box of things

I am not sure what to do with the box ?

Growing up my mother had a junk draw

Those things you might need some day but not now

Life's in limbo

I watch given as a gift

Two wallets also gifts

Extra shoe laces

All sizes of batteries collected over time

Push pins to paper clips

Even the change can add up

Tucked in a draw

Way back in a jar

Old jewelry from a relative

How many pens and pencils does one person need ?

Old phone charges and electrical tape, screws and nail clippers

Lots of sentemental objects pulled out on occasion

What purpose do these items serve ?

Could they put to better use ?

Are they a small rememberance of life's most precious moments

Are they clutter ?

To be given away or thrown away

If you come across any suggestions please let me know ?

As I look at each item one by one

Tucking it back in the same spot

Feeling good for that split second

Then the thought quickly fades

Like a flame that was burning bright

Now smothered by day to day life

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shanmarie 4 weeks ago from Texas

I used to have a huge box of handwritten letters that went all the way back to childhood. I kept just about every letter someone ever sent me. Then email came along and people wrote less so those letters were even more precious to me. People's hand writing. . .even cursive is pretty much a lost art. I wish that I still had them, but so many of my sentimental things had to be left behind one time when I had to move and couldn't take it all with me. That landlord was a total ass and maybe I was just young and stupid and didn't know my own rights. I agonized over what to take and what to leave behind, knowing I had to take the necessities first. More of what I had left was stolen by thieves looking for a quick fix and that had no real use for my sentimental things. The rest of my things were lost when the house burned. I have very few tangible sentimental items left.

But I keep the ones that I do have in a tote altogether. And sometimes I need to get something out of it so I see the things that I have in there. It's nice to have the visible and physical reminders. Most of the time. I know people who throw out those reminders after a relationship ends. I never understood that. I saved everything from everyone. I just tucked those memories away where I didn't see them until I healed, but it's harder when you have to get into the place they are stored often. Anyway, I never understood giving things back or throwing them out. Until losing so much of it to various things. Now I know it's all still in my heart and mind and those things that were truly special to me are still remembered whether I can see them and feel them. It's not that those things matter less or that they are less important. They're still very special to me. They're just in my mind and heart, like so many things people say or do for me. Memories to cherish.

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DREAM ON 4 weeks ago Author

Shanmarie I too collect old post cards or Christmas cards from years past from relatives who are no longer with us. They feel special. Many different things that I know they loved too.I have also lost things that got ruined over time or had to down size. Today I collect and save less. I still enjoy all that I have. I think when I write I try to bring out my emotions layer after layer as they surface like earth worms after a heavy rain. They have always been there you just never took the time to notice. Thank you so much for sharing. May today bring new memories that you can write about and take up no space. Then years from now look back and appreciate all the good feelings and remember those good times forever. Each heartbreak or loss makes me appreciate all I have even more.

Michael Milec 4 weeks ago

We all cherish " odds and ends" DREAM ON , you are absolutely correct. Those all type and size and dimension screws or nails ( I have hundreds of them) one day I might need either for myself or my elderly neighbor to fix or to repair a piece of memorabilia. . . An odd pair of shoe laces- I keep them handy for quick replacement.Dozens of idioms, even a piece of fabrick taken off a pocket from an old pants. Next time I am patching a knee hole on my working jeans. ( Yes, someone asked me if I do not have money for a new pair; my answer, it cost me less this way and it reminds me of old times when my mom taught me how to fix and repair a peace of clothing .

There is a nostalgy closely knit with memories, and we are going back in time where we feel being young and content once again ...

Odd, isn't it? Could be, but we are humans enjoying life's circumstances created by our imagination the way we know best.

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DREAM ON 4 weeks ago Author

Michael-Milec Being happy with what we had we didn't have to run to the store and get the newest, latest fad. An extra flashlight, an old wooden ruler,pair of sunglasses, even a bit worn old winter gloves they all seem to fit as part of my life. Interesting and calming as if was a medatative practice all by the sense of touch or sight. Thank you for your insight and kind thoughts. Have a beautiful Monday.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

I have so many things floating around the house that I am going to have to take inventory and figure out what stays and what goes. I am constantly running out of pens because even though I work on my PC I am constantly making notes and writing down what I post and where so the ink runs out quickly. Hope you're having an inspirational and great week.

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DREAM ON 3 weeks ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee Now I know where to send my one hundred plus pens. I would lose them all the time so I would buy more. Surprise after surprise as I clean. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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