My name is Penny.
Ugh. Today the old boring guy was pushing around the Loud Thing. What is the Loud Thing, and why does he push it around? Who knows — but sometimes he does. He moves from room to room, and keeps moving a long black string that looks like a snake while he does it. And when he moves into a room with the Loud Thing, that’s when it’s time for me to go somewhere else.
Boy, is the Loud Thing loud! It’s so loud that it scares Kasey, and I don’t particularly like having it around, either. It makes a noise that not quite like a bark, or a growl, or a snarl. It’s almost like all of those things combined, and a wind storm besides — but much, much louder.
And I keep wondering, what is it? When the old boring guy is pushing it, it is loud. But when the old boring guy is away, it is totally quiet. And it smells like dust.
Fortunately, in our pack the Loud Thing only comes out once in a while. Kasey and I are happy dogs when it goes away.
This morning I am tackling a project that I’ve been putting off for months. (I’m using the word “tackling,” incidentally, because Ohio State has another off-week this week, so I’ve got to get my football fix in somehow.)
It’s my closet. It’s filled to overflowing with stuff, and it’s time to go through the shelves and hanging items, clean it out, and either toss things in the trash or contribute them to the Volunteers of America — a great organization that makes good use of second-hand items.
It’s amazing what you accumulate as the years roll by. A t-shirt that you bought from a street vendor on an overseas trip that shrank down to elfin size after only one washing. A generic “Tucson” sweatshirt that from a long-ago trip to Arizona where you discovered to your surprise that the Grand Canyon State actually can experience cold weather. A polo shirt thoughtfully purchased by a relative that is made entirely of itchy artificial fibers that cause you to sweat inordinately whenever you put it on. A crass bright orange t-shirt that you bought on a beach vacation in the ’80s that now really shouldn’t be worn anywhere. And how in the world did I end up with six pairs of sandals and flip-flops?
Among it all are many perfectly good articles of clothing that are just too small or too big or that I can’t imagine ever wearing again — as well as worn out shoes, belts that are falling apart, overly bulky sweaters, and other assorted bric-a-brac. Out with them all!
I’ve ended up with a closet that is now more manageable and organized — for now, at least — and I hope that some people end up wearing the too-big and too-small items that I don’t need anymore. Finishing this long-deferred job feels good, and liberating, too.