Tuesday, June 23, 2009

inside my box

Some years ago I finished a round of shopping and returned to my car to find a note stuck under the windshield. It was from a friend and former neighbor, and read: "when I saw the window decals and bumper stickers I knew this had to be your car." Lest you think I decorate my vehicles to excess, let me just say that there were a total of four items to which she referred. But it was interesting how quickly the right combination of references can be used to identify us.

That said, my friend Jayne posted this meme on her blog a few days ago. Unlike some others which refer to minutiae at a broad level (no, that's not a contradiction in terms), this one is more like the items on my car. If you didn't know this was my list, would you be able to identify me?

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So, say you were meeting a new person, a new friend. And you wanted them to have some idea of what kind of person you are, and who you are. But you can’t actually tell them in so many words.

Instead, you have to give them a box, with 15 things in it for them to look at/read/listen to/taste/whatever. What would you put in the box?

In my box you would find:

1. a Patricia Cornwell mystery
2. my clergy dickey
3. a collection of favorite recipes
4. a Celtic cross
5. my Virgin of the Passion icon (see left sidebar)
6. a collage of photos of favorite people, places, and dogs
7. pajamas with sheep on them
8. Nikon DS70 with wide angle/zoom lens
9. the latest Pampered Chef catalog
10. a book of crossword and Sudoku puzzles
11. a stash of fabric
12. a few favorite scrapbook layouts
13. Any/all Alasdair Fraser CDs
14. a handcrafted journal and pen
15. my Early Bird coffee mug
bonus: a postcard from Cape Cod and a pair of ghillies

Feel free to play along and post this on your own blog!

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angela said...

Those are beautiful things to leave a person. The bumper sticker thing is really funny--care to share just what they were?

I had forgotten all about my fabric and yarn stashes but they are usually something I figure I'd be saddling someone with instead of being an inspiration for use. The ladies at church have certainly enjoyed that stash.

Jayne said...

Love, love, love your list! :c) Thanks for playing along!

Hey, Songbird is singing about the wonderful book you recommended to me, Dating Jesus? Thanks so much for telling me about it. XOXO

Jules said...

Love your list, dear friend, and your banner is making me hungry!


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