During these strange times, instead of hiking through forests where the pathways are narrow, I’ve been exploring my neighbourhood. Even though it’s not as enjoyable, I can cross the road to keep my physical distance and I’ve discovered something about some people in my area.
Shivya Nath, the Shooting Star, once blogged that she had survived for years on the contents on two suitcases. I often think of her lifestyle on my exercise route when I pass multi-level houses with triple garages where still the cars are parked in the driveway and on the street. Why aren’t they keeping their cars in their garages, I used to wonder?
Only too often, I’ve witnessed these huge houses with their garage doors rolled up to discover they are packed with possessions. Why do some people have so much that they can’t fit it into their house? Are they like a neighbour I once had who grew up with a father who even sold their kitchen table to pay his gambling debts and now she has to buy, buy, buy? Or is it that they can’t resist what they believe to be a bargain?
I noticed one of the properties I often pass had a container out front. I thought it was temporary, but a couple of months have passed and it’s still there and I can only shake my head.
I’m someone who hates clutter, and I don’t keep anything I don’t use. Still I believe I own a lot of possessions, but I find — way too much — hard to understand. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.