I have a couple of rules (“Hi, my name is Annie and I am a recovering rule-aholic.”) that have served me well over the years.
Rule #1: Don’t bring things home from the dump. Stop. Just don’t do it. If someone brought it there, it is trash and you do not want it. Put it down.
Rule #2: If you see something that really tickles your fancy, bring it home. Usually, this involves paying money at a store (as opposed to stealing stuff from friend’s homes) and does not involve kidnapping or men in any way.
The other day I found myself breaking Rule #1 to honor Rule #2.
I brought “X Man” home from the dump!
It was sort of surreal actually. I wondered if I was on Candid Camera, because there he was – just standing at attention on top of the paper recycling dumpster…tempting me. I looked around and I was alone. I mean, it was weird - no one was there! A deserted dump. Just my luck!!! No one to see me commit this shameful deed. I quickly grabbed “X Man” and put him in the back of my car. He is mine now. I love him.
As a way of thanking the universe for my beloved “X Man,” I came home and quickly pulled together a bag of unfavorite stuff. Tie-dyed sheets, a dopey straw hat, one of my children’s many Red Sox caps, old Christmas linens, placemats, ornaments, a brand new Lands End messenger bag we have not used even once in about 10 years, an outgrown jacket, extra dishtowels, etc. I can’t remember what else was in that bag, but I felt really good dropping it off at Goodwill. I had the real prize in the back of my car.
I know whoever left “X Man” at the dump must have loved him at one time and was probably hoping he would be kidnapped by a nice family. It seems the stuff in the world generally sorts itself out into the right places. My unfavorite stuff was ready to find a home where it would be appreciated and “X Man” now has a home where he is loved. Yes, I brought home something from the dump, but everytime I look at “X Man,” I smile and feel happy. I am often glad when I break my rules. Which helps me realize that I can live without them. It is truly plenty perfect.