Sunday, August 16, 2009

What Do You Do With All Of That Stuff?

Put it on display, of course!

As you either know or can guess, we normally are pretty finicky as a family when it comes to hanging things on our walls and displaying things on our shelves. Things have to match. Things can't be overloaded. Things have to be symmetric...Right girls!?

But there they are, right in front of you, bags full of gifts and purchases. Bags full of things big and small, cheap and expensive...You name it.

There is a real danger, in the name of keeping the unpacking process quick and simple. This danger is to simply zip up the suitcases carrying all of the possessions from our Chinese lives. Zip them up and put them in the attic. This would be the literal way to take the past year and "put it in a box." This would be the "out of sight" part. "Out of mind" would then surely follow.

But we, of course, don't want to do that. Life has become messy in a figurative sense. We're now not quite sure what we want to be when we grow up. We're not quite sure what the future holds.

So let's abandon all of those rules we've established, and throw all of that Chinese stuff into the mix. That painting from Director Lu? Hang it on the wall! That terra cotta warrior? Put it on the dining room table! All of those little trinkets and treasures? Place them on any shelf where there is room!

Over time, we'll figure out what stays and what goes. And over time, we'll figure out when we should stay and when we should go. For now, though, it's one big, beautiful mosh pit of East and West...



At 11:55 AM, Blogger Donna said...

Welcome home! I'll miss following your adventures. d.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Corrie said...

Welcome home!!! Part of me felt like I was along for the trip, reading about all your fun adventures!


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