Today, I am not myself. I am Pete from ESPN Health and Fitness, so says my flannel zip up vest that I got from Goodwill. It is perfect ; long enough, two pockets that zip closed, nice dark grey color, even made by Columbia. It leaves me wondering why Pete is no longer in his vest, why he gave it away.
I have often wondered that as I wander through second-hand shops, such as Goodwill. So many different items from so many different people. A beautiful summery dress with the most unique color pallet. Given away and here on a hanger awaiting a new home. A picture frame, with a wedding couple from what looks like the 70’s. They didn’t even take their photo out before donating it. It really saddens me when photos of other people’s children are left in picture frames and picture albums that are donated. We so value all of our children’s photos.
I am also curious about jewelry that is in perfect condition. Did the woman tire of the style, or of jewelry all together? Certain clothing I understand, like jeans and pants. They get too big or too small. I also understand knick-nacks. People clean house, and eliminate clutter. Sporting equipment, an outcome of change of interests. Books and books and books; children’s books outgrown as their skill and interests mature, adult books read and not deemed keepers or perhaps not read at all. Old sturdy furniture in great shape, perhaps a downsized home or a part of an estate of someone who has passed away. So many untold stories, so many unanswered questions. Perhaps Pete is no longer with ESPN, and perhaps does not want to be reminded of this. So, I will be Pete, just for today.