Recently, the president of a college in Pennsylvania was cleaning out his office closet in an effort to get it ready for the next occupant. I can picture him rummaging through various items which he had stowed away in the closet. Things he had put there because –
- He didn’t know what to do with the item.
- No one else knew what to do with the item.
- He didn’t like looking at the item every day.
- He didn’t want other people looking at the item every day.
- He didn’t want to throw it away – he might need it someday.
- He didn’t want to throw it away – just because he didn’t want to throw it away.
I’ve done this many times in my own life – since I was a teenager. Among the items I have found –
- Unfinished poodle skirts my mom started for each of her five daughters. I found them in 1972 and they were obviously started when I was about 9 years old!
- Shoes with no partners. Usually, they are pretty beat up, ugly shoes. Their partners must have banded together and decided to escape from the dark corner of the closet.
- Clothes which are too small, too ugly, too worn out to wear again. You will notice I have NEVER found clothes which were too big for me. I don’t hold on to those for one single extra minute. However, that cute blouse that I love and is two sizes too small? I’m sure I’ll get back into it someday.
- Old wrapping paper and boxes. I always forget I have these items when I buy a present – and so I buy more. The pile just keeps growing.
- Lots more hangars than clothes. These must have been the items which escaped with the shoes who didn’t want to be ‘closeted’ any longer.
- A couple of wedding dresses (mine and my daughter’s). Technically these both fit in the category of clothes which don’t fit – but they deserve a separate mention because they take up so much darn room!
- Stuff that won’t fit anywhere else in the house – puzzles (which are usually missing pieces), owner’s manuals for things which are rotting in the dump, fancy serving platters which are brought out once a year (if I remember I have them) and other assorted craziness.
How am I different from the Pennsylvania college president? The one thing I have never found in my closet (other than clothes which are too big) is treasure. Nope – never found the Lost Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail or even 50 cents! The college president? He found a declaration signed by President Abraham Lincoln declaring the founder of the college an Army Chaplain during the Civil War!
I’m pretty sure that 5 poodle skirts don’t count as a historical ‘find’.
- Lost Lincoln document found in closet at Pa. college (foxnews.com)