Let It Go, Let It Go…But I Can’t

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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10 Responses

  1. I am a hoarder of thoughts and emotions, rather than things… makes packing easier, but it’s still a weight to carry around every day!

  2. Dawn D says:

    I keep plenty of little things. Like the thank you cards the kids from one of my children’s class wrote after I helped with a science project (I designed it, really). I guess the reason I hold onto these is because at the time, my only positive feedback was from others, never fro within the home (though my kids may have said I love you, they didn’t quite realise just how much I did for them, not so surprising, considering their dad took it all for granted and always found a way to make me feel look like crap. So… I guess these cards are important because they show me that all I did was not in vain, some people did enjoy my work and dedication. Even if it was just my kid’s schoolmates.
    Good luck with the packing and moving.

    • Jesi says:

      I don’t keep cards anymore unless they’re from people I have contact with all the time. But I also don’t throw them away. I cut off the front of the cards and make a collage out of them on posterboard and then I take the sentiments from the inside of the card and add them in appropriate places to the collage. Frame it and voilà! Artwork. I have plans to actually make more personalized pieces by saving up all the cards from specific people and making them into a collage then giving them back to the people who gave the cards to me in the first place. For some reason I feel like that will show the person that I cared enough about them to save all the cards and create something unique and (hopefully) pretty for them.

  3. Lizzi says:

    Pinky, my darling, pack ALL the things you can, if you think they matter, or might matter, and then come back to them once you’re settled elsewhere. Don’t make important decisions now about what things you lose forever – keep them and come back to them when the rest of life is more settled.

    If, in a few years time, when you get to those still-un-unpacked boxes somewhere in your new home, and you decide you don’t need the things therein, THEN is the time to let them go.

    I’m wondering about writing a piece about the things I CAN’T leave behind. The thing I brought most of when I downsized from a two-bedroom flat to a not-mine room, was books. And they’re in the loft, in boxes. Waiting.

    • Jesi says:

      Books are the hardest things to let loose. I can do it but only when I know they’re going to a better place and I didn’t really love them anyway. Which is why I donate to the library. I figure they will be useful there.

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