As I was unpacking from our almost evacuation, I thought more about the issue of stuff. It's everywhere, it takes up space, and we are constantly trying to figure out ways to organize and store it so that it doesn't look like we have as much as we do. Some of our stuff will never be given away. I have a quilt that my grandmother made, old family photos and even some jewelry. We saved the little shirt that Luke wore his first few days in the hospital and his little ankle bracelet. Some sentiment I just can't think about parting with. I have a tendency to save bits and pieces from my life with the thought that I will someday become a master scrapbooker, but I have yet to glue even one photo in any sort of photo album. We have been married for three years and I still haven't seen all of the wedding photos. (In my defense, there are 800 of them.) Do I really need ticket stubs from every train we took in Sweden? Why am I saving this British Airways toiletry kit? This is just the sentimental stuff. Then there is the stuff that is just, well, stuff. Things you buy because they are on sale or because you might need them one day....maybe.
This morning I was looking under a kitchen cabinet and there it was. The mini-scone pan. When we got married we registered at Target and William-Sonoma. I love to cook and I really love kitchen gadgets. We have a very small kitchen at the moment, so I am pretty restrained in that area. I have my stand mixer and a few other essentials, but nothing that would be considered unnecessary. Except this mini-scone pan.
All I could think when I looked at it was, "What the fuck was I thinking when I registered for this?" When I was pregnant and registering for my baby shower I had a real feeling that I didn't belong in that baby section. It was surreal. When I was engaged, though, I was a mad woman with that gun. It was like a drug and I was high as a freaking kite! I have never made scones. I don't even really eat scones, although I think they are good. What was I thinking? Why did I register for that? It has never, I repeat, never, been used. Not even once.
Is it just me? Am I the only one who gets carried away when tempted with stuff? If you are married and if you had a registry I want to know what item you registered for, and got, that was, in hindsight, the most useless. Please, don't let me feel alone in this. If your answer is really good, I might send you this mini-scone pan. Or maybe something else from my registry......
(Maura, you are not eligible.)
8 years ago