Jill Slaughter reading Just in Case at Gallery 6 – Fort Lauderdale

Some possessions serve no legitimate purpose. They don’t work, and they may not fit, nonetheless we make room for them. Cluttering valuable limited physical space with obsolete objects, if not multiples of the same useless items.

Unwilling to part with familiar objects that resonate with faded memories; boxes pile up to accommodate the overflow. The same contents are packed and unpacked with each subsequent move, while we quietly promise ourselves not to repeat the behavior.

And it’s not just closets that overflow. Inanimate objects can eventually be discarded, but emotional baggage is much less easily disposed of.