My Life in Boxes, Part I

The move continues.  Actually, to be quite honest, I’m not to the moving part just yet.  Mainly I’ve been going through the large amounts of stuff that I have.  Taking pictures of various things that I love, so that I can give them away despite myself.

The hardest thing to give away?  You guessed it, my books.  I’ve already depleted the number by about half… given away almost all of my classics, because I know that I can find them again.  The few I’ve kept are either really pretty (let’s be honest here) or have extreme sentimental value.  For example, my copy of Jane Eyre—because ugly as it is in it’s dark orange Signet Classic, slightly bent up cover… how do you give away the book that introduced you to a character like Rochester?  You can’t.  It’s that simple.  I’m keeping my Russians, too, because while different translators don’t change much about the experience… they do change some.  And I love those dreary, excitement-prone Russians.  But for the main part, classics are classics, and I know I’ll be able to find those again.

It’s the odd little books that no one’s heard of that are the ones that I really refuse to let go of.  And the guilty pleasures, of course – we must have those.  There are very few Young Adult books I’ve let myself let go of, and even some kids’ books that I’m holding on to pretty tightly.   (Yes, Pagemaster, I mean you.)

I’m going to be alternating posts for the next while between reflections on what I can and can’t give away, and the various things about California itself that I’m going to be missing… partially for the nostalgia kick, partially to give me a chance to spotlight some things that I truly love about my state.  Because, yes, I’m one of  those.  No matter where I end up, I’ll always be California, born and bred.


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