This week we received our itinerary for travel to Botswana. I was overcome with a feeling of anxiety. I still have a chest x-ray to receive! But, I have to admit that I was also excited! I have reviewed the flight schedule over and over again. It is evidence that this journey may actually be happening.
We also moved this weekend. I suppose I should say, we began moving this weekend since we will still be moving come Monday morning. I am not complaining – I am just stating fact.
Yesterday, while I am pulling two luggage carts fully loaded with contents from our old apartment en route to the new one a lady stops me and asks, “Are you moving?” Where is Bill Engvall when you need him? I just wanted to say, “NO, I decided to load up my stuff on these carts and walk around the complex to practice for moving – “Here’s Your Sign.”” Instead I said, “Yes.”
My husband says that he has clothes to give away. I think – since my clothes take up the whole length of the closet; and my shoes occupy one side, two top shelves, and four side shelves with shoeboxes stacked two high and three deep – he is probably telling me indirectly that I need to purge. He would be right. And, I might be willing to part with a few (two small) suits. It is however, difficult for me to even begin to think about how to part with more than a couple of pairs of shoes. I think that I should get points for already giving my daughter a pair.
The truth of the matter is that I will have to do more than think about reducing the number of shoes I have, I will have to decide which shoes I can actually do without! Really?
You know, I tried this strategy of discarding a pair of shoes for each pair I purchased – right after I tried the strategy of not to purchasing any more shoes. I am ashamed to report that neither strategy has worked.
I have tried to guilt myself into reducing the number of shoes I own. I have tried to shame myself into not buying new shoes. I have tried to stay out of the stores where shoes are sold. Then I found Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Neiman-Marcus, and something called MYHABIT sending me e-mail alerts for shoes on sale! Stop already!
Something will have to give. I suppose I will just have to bite the bullet, go cold turkey, just say no, and “Git ‘er done.” What should I do?
These are a few more steps on my African journey. (I know for a fact that I will need shoes in Botswana!) Stay tuned…