In a burst of . . . housekeeping . . . I reached under the bed hoping to find one storage bin; I found another. In this one, the items were carefully wrapped and fitted neatly.

Did I do that? I don’t remember. 


I didn’t remember, but I didn’t unwrap anything. 


Nope. No clue

Why ruin the delight of unexpected treasure; when to unwrap would just remind me of more  things to unload at the thrift store?

We do make quite a few treks a month to said establishment. 

But our clutter, albeit somewhat organized continues to morph from legacy items into STUFF nobody wants or needs. 

What’s One Man’s Treasure. . .

What we received from our parents is still mostly packed away— the necessities of their lives just aren’t what Doug and I need at this age and stage —nor will they  be useful to our kids. Hence, the treks to the thrift store.

What would be useful might be a conversation with them — a reality check.

Reading through Ecclesiastes with friends this summer is the closest I can come. It’s oddly comforting that the smartest man in the world –Solomon–had trouble making sense of his times.


My hope for our kids and their beautiful families is that

  • they don’t put off studying Ecclesiastes —as long as I did –bewildering book that it is. AND
  • they understand that under the sun, their times are and will be  . . . confusing, unfair, scary and . . . yet oh so wonderful and fleeting:

 I took another walk around the neighborhood and realized that on this earth as it is—

The race is not always to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor satisfaction to the wise,
Nor riches to the smart,
Nor grace to the learned.
Sooner or later bad luck hits us all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11, The Message)

And often like a ton of bricks!

But what Solomon described way back when, I see clearly today:

The quiet words of the wise are more effective
Than the ranting of a king of fools.
Wisdom is better than warheads,
But one hothead can ruin the good earth. (Ecclesiastes 9:17-18~The Message)

I am mulling things over,  over the Memorial Day 2024 weekend — a good time to remember –all the treasures I have because of other’s gifts.


Wisdom with an inheritance is good but wisdom without an inheritance is better than an inheritance without wisdom.~ Anne Bradstreet

PS: You might like to read more about Anne Bradstreet and  How to Gauge My Charm Level

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