“Well look at that!” I marveled, gazing at the photo below that accompanied a recent article proclaiming wallpaper was making a comeback, “Just look at that crocheted blanket on the bed; it’s GRANNY SQUARES! Why, I haven’t seen one of those in ages!!”
My grandmother made one for us as a wedding gift 37 years ago..
I can’t believe I gave that thing to Goodwill..
Why did I do that?
When did I do that?
Two years ago..?
“That’s awful” I anguished, “just awful!!” It’s an heirloom for heaven’s sake..a handmade gift from a now deceased relative..and look at this picture..look how cute that is…granny squares are popular again!”
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am ruthless when it comes to getting rid of stuff that I don’t use. Having moved many, many, MANY (!!) times in my married life, I’ve adopted a pretty brutal devotion to minimalism. I regularly purge my drawers and closets, pull aging art off the wall, rugs off the floor, collectibles off shelves… and then toss the shelves themselves if there’s nothing left to display anymore.
I am hardcore, take no prisoners, zero-tolerance when it comes to clutter.
And yet.. there’s still a part in me that wants to keep connections to the past..and there’s definitely always been a part of me that appreciates handmade gifts and crafts.
And so I wondered, would I REALLY have given away (or worse, thrown out?) a blanket made for our wedding?
That sounded..well, pretty harsh, even for someone like me.
And so off I went to search for this blanket and the answer to this question: Had I taken my devotion to the simple, streamlined life too far?
The answer came pretty quickly, thanks to having organized the guest room closet a few years ago which yes, involved getting rid of useless stuff..
Lo and behold, unbelievably, I still have that blanket!
I’m glad, surprised and relieved all in one. Maybe I still have a heart after all! 😉