Myths of the living

I keep a journal in a pocket notepad, but the journal is different from what I write here. The notepads cover about three months at a time before I get a new one, and then I save them in a shoebox in my closet. The shoebox won’t shut, because I started this around 1993.

When I get to the end of a notepad, I read it front to back. It normally takes about five minutes: it’s like looking at an animated version of your life, fast-forwarding through the film version.

I don’t know why I save the notepads, as if I’m saving them for someone else. And that’s a kind of strange burden, when you think about it.

My friend Brad’s mother told us about something she did, with fruit labels. She’d peel the small stickers off the fruit, and then stick them to the underside of the sink, under the cabinet where no one could see them. She lived by herself in a retirement community, in an apartment, and one day she had to call someone in to check for a leak.

The guy saw the stickers and just looked at her, didn’t know what to say. She wasn’t sure why she saved them and couldn’t explain it, except she wanted someone to know she had lived there, after she was gone.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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20 Responses to Myths of the living

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    How sad. That’s the thing I think about sometimes. Who will know I lived here? Who will remember? Sometimes I think that the stuff I have in my house, which is so personal and says so much about me, is going to be so meaningless to others when I depart. Ugh. I’m getting morose.

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  2. rossmurray1 says:

    I still have my high school journals and the ones I kept in my early 20s in Montreal. They’re handy to turn to from time to time to remind myself what a whiny putz I was.

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      Yeah, it picks you up and slaps you down at the same time. I know the feeling. I’ll leave it for my kids to deal with.

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  3. bbanublog says:

    lovely and interesting tale

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  4. Glynis Jolly says:

    I like your idea about the pocket-size notebooks. I think I’m going to adopt this idea.

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  5. Write your last will and testament with an endowment provision to keep your blog up in the Internet for many more years…..and schedule posts to go up once a year after you are long gone. snicker.

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