Every year, I celebrate a cleansing holiday: Sophie’s Choice day. And while I would love to say it comes from recognition of the powerful literary and film portrayal of a horrible period in world history, it does not. If you know the movie, you know Sophie has to make a choice. I wont tell the rest of the tale, no spoiler alert needed.
So why is it a holiday? In the cities and ‘burbs, usually there is one day a year designated as “throw anything away” day, where homeowners go into their basements, attics, and garages and drag out half working exercise equipment, old sofas, plant stand, broken lights, and boxes of unknown trash – er – treasure…..because typically once these things hit the curbs, a steady parade of pickers and pick up trucks circles the neighborhoods in search of items to re sell at garage sales or perhaps use in their own homes.
We don’t have trash pick up at Two Mile — the landfill is just down the road — so the big items have piled up next to the Andrew barn, along with the construction waste and the burn barrel. As I’ve cleared brush, I’ve also found treasures like a for sale sign from at least 2 sales ago, a long metal cable (glad I didn’t hit it with the mower) and scraps of wire fencing.
Off to the landfill I went early one morning before heading into town.
And what does this have to do with Sophie’s Choice. During clean up day, my inspiration was Sophie from the movie. I would pick up two items, and make a choice, one could stay, the other went to the trash. I’ve never managed to pare down to just 100 things, but after cleaning out, it gets tempting to try.