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58. A list in honor of National Letting Go of Stuff Day

March 26, 2012

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Good-bye husband.

Good-bye house.


…broken tea pot.

…unlined face.

…hole-in-the-knee jeans.

…fear of failure.

…final bag of diapers.

…belief that losing 10 pounds would make me a better person.

…over-investment in Facebook.

…perfect-marriage fantasy.

…fear of success.

…dust bunnies.

…favorite boots chewed up by dog.

…semblance of control.

…conversations in my head with that driver who cut me off three years ago.

…conversations in my head.

…extra storage.

…computer from 1996.

…old cell phone chargers.

…broken crayons.

…stuff for Halloween project still in bag from 2 years ago.

…prince charming fantasies.

…self pity.


…small babies.

…ability to drink caffeinated coffee.

Hello world.


(National Letting Go of Stuff Day was March 22. For real.)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2012 5:22 pm

    wow, now that’s what i call letting go. i’ve come to many of the same decisions, with the exception of the husband. it takes a lot of courage and commitment. i wish you well, tari

    • March 26, 2012 5:48 pm

      Good. I recommend keeping the husband if it all possible :). Thanks!

  2. March 26, 2012 5:28 pm

    The subject matter bears an uncanny resemblance to my life (except for the husband, house, and dog part). Do you also have picture frames stacked in bags next to a wall that have been sitting there for over a year? Have you thought about writing a parody of “Goodnight Moon” on this topic?

    • March 26, 2012 5:47 pm

      I did! I tried! In the great green house… funny! And Goodnight Moon is not actually in that bag – because I can’t bear to part with it – but there are a bunch of other board books in there. And, oh yes to the picture frames….Glad the house, husband and dog part doesn’t apply to you – that part is not so fun.

  3. kzackuslheureux permalink
    March 26, 2012 5:32 pm

    I love it! ~KL

  4. March 26, 2012 6:51 pm


    I love these lines:

    “…conversations in my head with that driver who cut me off three years ago.

    …conversations in my head…”

    (Please forward info. on how you got rid of conversations in your head. I would be most grateful. Just kidding. Well, sort of! : )

    ~ Lily

    • March 27, 2012 7:27 pm

      To get rid of conversations in the head: take one bottle of fancy shmancy shampoo, a loofah, and a nice steamy bath. Then scrub!!!
      (unfortunately, mine tend to come back. So, sigh, I have to take another bath. Or go to a spa….)

  5. March 26, 2012 8:39 pm

    I’ll be printing out this list and checking off one by one…so courageous of you and so lovely too.

  6. March 26, 2012 10:54 pm

    Thanks for including National Letting Go of Stuff Day as part of your awesome list of stuff.

    • March 27, 2012 7:25 pm

      Hey! Thanks for creating (did you create it) National Letting Go of Stuff Day! Can it be bi-annual?

  7. lauriejlong permalink
    March 26, 2012 11:15 pm

    Love, love, love this! Thanks for the motivation. I wonder what I will be letting go of for this special holiday. Of course, because I missed the holiday, I’m gonna have to hang on to it for another 360 days. Damn. 🙂

  8. Carolina permalink
    March 27, 2012 7:24 am

    … I totally understand!

  9. March 30, 2012 3:06 pm

    I liked your poem. I did something similar about a quarter century ago except for the house and the dog. You are a courageous lady.

    • March 30, 2012 5:45 pm

      Time to do it again? Thanks!!! Courageous….or craaaaazzzzyyyy…..

  10. April 4, 2012 2:51 pm


    Thanks for liking my post! Take care

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