I will throw out one object a day, and each will have its story, even if it’s only a line or two. It will be like collecting a trousseau, but in reverse. One object, one day at a time, for as long as it interests me and as long as I have something to say or to learn. I don’t know what will be left of the house when I’m finished, and even less sure of what will be left of me.  But I know I want to do this.

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    • sxchristopher said:

      An intriguing question. Of course the trousseau can refer not only to lingerie, camisoles and bustiers but also to the dowry, and is thus assembled for the bride’s arrival not only at her husband’s bed but also in the community in which she and her betrothed will set up house, to wit, into society. So perhaps acts of dispossession, like other losses we experience as wed grow older (including the zeal with which one jumps into the marital bed), ready us for our inevitable exit from society. But that may just be a pretentious way of avoiding the question, who would want to settle down with a guy who is deliberately unsettling himself and his home 🙂

  1. but you are, in effect, re-inventing -though through subtraction- your dowry for the next period of your life
    [and i loved the “as wed grow older” typo, talking of marriages… :-)]

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