But as we are moving this summer, my husband has begun thinning out things for our move as I lie here listening to the rustlings of his sorting.
Given how many times we have moved, you would think that we would have winnowed down our lot to a reasonable amount. Not true.
And given that either of us is going to continue teaching K-12 after this move, you'd think we could get rid of the mountains of things we have collected to teach different grades and subjects. Also untrue.
And if there is anyone who can relate to the amount of stuff that a teacher collects for the sake of future teaching...it's teachers.
All of our non-teacher friends seriously doubt that over half of our junk could really be teaching related. And they probably are wondering why it won't be as simple as dumping it with the first second-hand place on Colfax Avenue. I
But in each year we have taught, we have hunted to find just the right thing to use in a unit or to engage a particular student...and every year, the pile would build. It is hard to think of giving away all of it. But, really, what is the use in keeping any of it?
Now is the step where we have to find the right people to pass things to because that will make it feel okay to give it away. I wish I could just whisk it all off to Goodwill, but each thing needs to be in its right home.