A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living


on January 2, 2013

– From The Daily Compass

Sometimes we define things that are old as useless junk, and sometimes we view those old things as priceless treasures—and two people might have very different assessments of the exact same item.

What do you cherish for its history that someone else might see as junk?


This is really difficult for me. I don’t really have any possessions that I cherish. I was a Navy Brat. So, as a child, I moved quite a bit. Several things of mine were constantly getting lost in the moves. So, my possessions lost their appeal more and more. Even now, I tend to misplace things quite often. I think this is because they don’t hold much value.

In the book Just After Sunset, Stephen King says “As infants, our first victory comes in grasping some bit of the world, usually our mother’s fingers. Later we discover that the world, and the things of the world, are grasping us, and have been all along.”

I have thought of this a lot. It really seems to fit. I have also thought a lot about Walden and Thoreau. Man, that man had it right. I feel that it is silly to think so much about possessions. I used to have a box of mementos kept from high school. They were stored in my barn. We had a bad storm come in and destroy the roof. My box (and everything in it) was ruined. I vowed to not have another object that I cared that much for. Things get lost or ruined. As a baby, my son broke many things. I had one thing that way my prized possession. It was a set of Russian nesting dolls that my husband had bought me on a lovely trip to the Dallas Galleria. I allowed my children to play with them under supervision. The smallest doll became lost and the largest one gained a pen mark or two. I thought that no matter what I did, my things seemed to become marred or lost. So, I quit caring. People are more important to me anyway.


One response to “Antiques

  1. […] Just After Sunset is wonderful. The book is a collection of some of his short stories. Not all of them are even in the horror genre. “The Things They Left Behind” is very sad. It is about the attack on September 11, 2001.  I thought it would be a small dedication piece. I was wrong. This story really rocked me. In it, the author speaks of possessions and how they actually possess the owner. King spoke of Thoreau and how we tend to be tied down by what we own. In it, King says “As infants, our first victory comes in grasping some bit of the world, usually our mothers’ fingers. Later we discover that the world, and the things of the world, are grasping us, and have been all along.” I mentioned in another post how this really affected me and my way of thinking about objects (see “Antiques“). […]


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