After sometime since the flood has passed, I decided to finally dig through my basement storage. Though my place was unaffected by the flood, my basement filled up with so much water that the door could not be opened. Within my storage space there are a few towers of plastic bins filled with clothing, blankets, and old memorabilia. Sadly all my photos and old trinket filled bins were damaged to the point that everything had to be tossed. There also was some interesting mold growing all about the pieces of clothing. My favorite mold growth is on the woven straw hat pictured above.
Through said experience of having to throw away memorabilia that holds irreplaceable meaning, I've strangely learned a grander understanding of this life. I feel that it is important to resonate with the idea that we all come into this world with nothing but the wanting to share love with others and that we will leave this world with nothing in our hands other than the nostalgia of loving others. Objects truly are nothing and though they represent a captured moment in one's life we will always hold those moments within ourselves. The flood taught me that its freeing to live simply, to let go of unnecessary objects, and to continue living mindfully.
Anna Marie Valenti
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