Saturday, September 15, 2007

old bottles

brown poison bottles
Originally uploaded by valcox
I had to go into the attic this morning. I hate going there. It's not that it's hot or small--it's neither. The weather is perfectly cool and a great time for visiting the attic. It's big, the peak of the roof must be 15' above, there is plenty of room--except for all the junk. One problem is that it has no floor, just the beams on which you must wrong step and you've made a hole in the ceiling below (don't ask me how I know this to be true).

Fred is a sentimental type. He doesn't like to throw away things that might have a memory attached. Ok, it's great he still has his tricycle when he was 4 years old, and we have Rush's tricycle when he was 4. Those are all good things to keep. The trouble comes because there is little discrimination over what goes in the attic--so you can't find the good stuff. Most of the items in the attic, should have been carried to the street one Sunday or Wednesday night for pick up the next morning. We pay for that. Olivia's party favors from a 11 year old party she went to? It's there. Rush's 'Spawn' creatures from the lagoon at a time when he was into that? It's there. Fred's old pay stubs from 1978? Yes, I know right where they are.

Could I find what I really wanted after an hours search with a flashlight, practicing my balance beam techniques so I did't need to get the repairman out to fix the ceiling below again? No.

But I did find these old poison bottles I'd collected years ago. So I fold up the drop-down stairs in the closet, and think about sorting the attic another day, a little worried that if our heirs are sorting years from now, they will just toss it all and maybe miss the treasures most special hidden within.


karen said...

Gee, Val, I have to wonder what you were planning on doing with poison bottles, lol!

Val Cox said...

Hi Karen! Oh the bottles are empty, it's just that the antique bottles that once contained poison happen to have the prettiest colors and the greatest texture. That's what I love about glass, color and texture! Great to see you, thank you for commenting!