Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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Boxes

We had a lot of boxes. Some boxes from moving, some boxes from buying a computer, lots of boxes from wedding gifts. I tend to be something of a pack rat by nature, particularly for specialized boxes and specialized pieces of styrofoam, so we had a lot of boxes.
We had been saving these boxes for two sets of friends who were moving during July. But none of these boxes were used.
Tomorrow is trash day. So tonight I moved out boxes.
I created a pile of boxes of a volume approximately 60% of the volume of Lori's car. I didn't bother to stack them neatly, so I didn't achieve my minor goal of creating a pile higher than my head; the pile was only about five and a half feet high.
I threw out gift boxes. I threw out the specialized boxes our china came in. I threw out the boxes for our computer and our monitor. I threw out the box for the VCR.
And once again I find myself thinking that throwing away boxes represents a strong commitment to having this stuff in this house. And this commitment is significant and nontrivial for me--witness the fact that it wasn't until this year that I threw away the box that had contained the alarm clock that I bought in 1989.
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