day 303: a collector

I am an accidental collector, pretty sure that most of the things I have collected have just somehow, subtly, become important to me.  While some people are always on the lookout for things like coffee mugs, or those little spoons from different cities, the things that have mattered to me have been scooped up and treasured, and even cataloged, subconsciously.

The things I have collected that have changed me can't be touched or looked at through a glass case.  They can't have a sticker slapped on them with a date and place of origin.  And they definitely cannot sit on a shelf and gather dust.

I am a collector of relationships.  I enjoy people.  I know myself better because of people that I have found a connection with, and I get a little disoriented when that connection loses power.  I feel like a little strand of me is fraying at the ends.  Some people like to shut down, or turn inside, when things start piling up, but I crave interaction as a way to unfold and find myself again.  I am also that girl who can go to lunch and a movie all alone and thoroughly enjoy it, because my relationships aren't a necessity, but rather a luscious decoration.  And so I collect and am better for it.

11 comments

Garden of Egan | June 18, 2010 at 11:29 PM

I love what you collect! Beautifully said.
Relationships are easier to keep clean aren't they?
Hugs!

Terresa | June 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I collect way too many things: lotion, fine soaps, black shoes (well, all types of shoes, really), chocolate, the list goes on.

But friendships, I like that. Yes, and they don't take up much closet space, do they?

Melanie J | June 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Hi. I'm back.

And for your post, I'm totally the same way. Part of what I think is so fun about moving is the opportunity to make new and great friends. I'm excited to discover whose lives I'll intertwine with and vice versa. I can't hardly wait for my new ward on Sunday.

Melanie J | June 19, 2010 at 1:02 AM
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MommyJ | June 19, 2010 at 6:36 AM

I love the parallel.. I think I'm the same way. I love my solitude at times, but I crave interaction. I love talking about things, working things out. And blogging.

TechnoBabe | June 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I like that you are secure in yourself and enjoy going to movies or dinner by yourself. Collecting friends is a wonderful collection. I have such a small collection.

gigi | June 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I have a nice collection in the real world and in the blogging world. I like the thoughts that this post brings.
Happy Father's Day weekend.

Kimberly | June 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I don't think any other collection can quite compare. Beautiful thoughts.

Connie | June 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I agree with you, my friend. You are one to reach out to others and develop many relationships. I hope I'm included in your collection.

Juliana | June 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I'm grateful to be part of your collection. You inspire me.

heather | June 19, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I seem to do this too. Only I never thought of it in this way.