Saturday, November 6, 2010

Adieu Isabel

I said goodbye today to Isabel, the lovely oak sideboard I'd had since the mid-1990s.  This photo was taken about a year ago, shortly after I completed Lakeview, the quilt hanging above her.

Although I am not sad to part with Isabel, because I was ready to let her go and move on, she did represent a number of things to me during her tenure in my life.  Having her as the centerpiece in my home for over 15 years made me feel as though I had had a loving family, that she was a family heirloom that had been bestowed upon me, as though I had a viable thread to the past.  Isabel also gave me the feeling of being settled, of being a family unto myself, the sense of having a place that I could always come back to.

Of course, all of that stuff was just the story I told myself for as long as my lifestyle could support having a huge piece of furniture and the space to accommodate her.  It was just that though, a story, and Isabel was just a beautiful piece of furniture.  As of this evening she is being installed in her new home, back down to southern Humboldt with friends I haven't seen in maybe eight years.  They are a family, there are young adults in the mix who will undoubtedly end up with Isabel, as she is passed down in the future to another generation of people who will love and appreciate her.

And now I am completely moved out of my recent former home...and almost completely out of the storage locker where I was housing a variety of things...and I've sold, dumped, or freecycled nearly everything superfluous to my life, now.  I can't tell you how good it feels.

10 comments:

Gerrie said...

Good for you. I am sure it is a nice feeling to be unencumbered. Love you!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Isabel is beautiful. It is a lovely thought to think that she will go on being loved for generations to come. Congrats on nearly being completely unencumbered by staorage and all things superfluous. I had a day of cleaning out myself. It will be great when it is gone from the house.

Jan said...

This feels bittersweet to me. I'm so glad that you found a good and loving home for her.And that you are thriving in and because of this process! Brava!

Jan said...

Also meant to say that she IS beautiful...

Chris Gray said...

..without all that weight bogging you down, it's time to..

...shake those wings out...

...and fly!

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Change is good and lightening our "load" can be exhilarating! Now you have room for new things to come into your life.

Deb said...

And the perfect photograph to document your feelings for her. She looks like a young bride in the full glory of her function.

Rayela Art said...

When I left Chicago, I resolved to get rid of half of my stuff. I systematically made piles and reduced them to half. It was pretty embarrassing to me when I actually saw what I had. As I only did laundry once a month, lugging it all to a laundromat, I had at least 30 of everything: socks, short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, shorts, long pants, skirts, dresses, scarves, etc. What excess!

I felt really torn about a few things that I parted with, but never missed them once since the move. Five years later, somehow I am loaded down with stuff again. People keep giving me things and I am convinced that stuff is just reproducing on its own in the dark of the night... Naughty, naughty stuff!

Deb H said...

It sounds wonderful, & freeing to pare down & get closer to the essentials.

It's something I've been feeling te urge to do ever sincewe started going through Aunt Ethel's old things!

You go girl!

Nora said...

I have to put myself in your shoes and imagine what it is like to disencumber myself. Isabel is beautiful, but a burden. Like a too beautiful bride on a honeymoon you can't afford. I hope you got a good bride's price for her.