The Drawer

I am cleaning out The Drawer That Never Gets Cleaned Out. Some things I’ve found:

–My ex-husband’s address book from the early 80’s (and mine too)

–A certificate of congratulations from the Young American Bowling Alliance recognizing my then-7-year-old son on his high game (80) and high series (200) (November 11, 1991)

–At least twelve key chains (I quit counting), including one that is a brass replica of a ticket to Phantom of the Opera

–My TWA Frequent Flight Bonus Program Member card (Not Transferable)

–A tiny vial labeled Smoke Bomb Oil

–The instruction booklet for a pager

–The key to a car I haven’t had since 1997

–More return address labels than I’ll probably ever use

–A booklet from Pacific Bell that includes instructions for a rotary phone

–Four bookmarks with sayings on them: 1) Love is sharing your book. 2) This book very good, but this bookmark DELICIOUS! (with a picture of Cookie Monster). 3) When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. 4) I finally got it all together…but I forgot where I put it.

–A little plastic thingy that connects a cable to VHF/UHF thingys on a TV

–A Home Depot card with a receipt showing a store credit of $123.63 (12/10/03)

–Gummy bear earrings (discolored, disfigured)

–The key chain I used in junior high and high school, which has a green frog on one side and a mirror on the other

–Lip gloss, Dr. Pepper flavor

–A piece of 8.5 x 11 paper folded four times with a tiny pencil drawing of a stick figure on the outside and the word “INTEGUMENTARY” written twice on the inside

–Keys and locks—some actually go together

–A laminated picture of Katherine Harris on a chain that says: “Conspiracy Theory #359: W. is Katherine Harris in disguise. Think about it.”

–The broken off arm of a bowling trophy (the arm that has the ball in it)

Sifting through stuff = Sifting through memories = Sifting through places and stages of life and people = Sifting through ideas and identity.

I didn’t expect that cleaning out this drawer would lead to the Zombie Resurrection of Memories, but it did.  I was progressing nicely.  Several items were already in the garbage.  Then I got the urge to make a list, which I knew would become this blog post.  Then I had to take a photo, so I asked The Scout for the black velvet background and drafted him to assist with composition.  Then I dug through the trash and found the Smoke Bomb Oil.

Why the Smoke Bomb Oil?  Because I miss my boys.  They are men now, and I am fortunate enough to see them from time to time.  But I miss my boys, and I have dreams about them as little kids.  Can I blame this on hormones?

Some years back, my dad told me several times that he missed me as a little girl.  I didn’t appreciate him saying that to me.  I’m still here, Pop, right in front of you! But now I know what he means.

I parted with the Smoke Bomb Oil, but not with the button with the baseball kid, or the bowling certificate.  I regret to say I couldn’t throw out the bowling arm either…not until it is reunited with the rest of the trophy (which I still have).

One drawer down…the rest of the house to go.

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10 Responses to “The Drawer”

  1. Barbra Says:

    I had that cookie monster bookmark when I was a kid!

  2. Susan C Says:

    It all looks so artistic when photographed against a black-drop.

    You should also try the scanner technique, ala Debbi and Miss H.

  3. toadberry Says:

    I did something similar this weekend. I found several old note/sketchbooks. There were mementos, photos, old letters tucked into them.

    Is that Home Depot store credit still good? I wonder.

  4. Susan Kitchens Says:

    Hey, those gummy bear earrings sound familiar. I remember having a pair. Did I give you a pair, too?

  5. The Real Zajac Says:

    To me, the most interesting thing on this list is the old instruction manual for the rotary phone.

  6. altadenahiker Says:

    After reading, I came THIS CLOSE to opening a rather frightening kitchen drawer. Fortunately, the moment passed.

  7. Petrea Says:

    I finally got it all together…and I put it in The Drawer.

  8. Hegel Says:

    Great blog! I’ve really enjoyed reading through your posts.

    Had to check you out after hearing your name so frequently on Topix.

    ’nuff said!

    🙂

  9. Don't ask Don't tell Says:

    I think it would be great to have a bring your junk drawer get together. We could trade our accumulated crap. I have bags of seeds to plants I was to lazy to label. Some seeds might be illegal

  10. Kim Says:

    Awesome!! Love this post, and the pic. What a fabulous excavation.

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