Friday, January 6, 2012

Personal Masquerade

Meet Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, one of our family's favorite Beatrix Potter characters. Here she is, masquerading at a family function half-a-year ago. See those little "hair-pins" sticking out of her cap? Perhaps its her prickly side that makes her so lovable.

There's something about masks that appeals to people--to some of us, anyway. Can we become someone else if we look different? Masks appeal to me, especially, at this time of year. You see, I don't make resolutions. Instead, I put on a mask of "Neat and Tidy, Organized and In Control." It's fun . . . for about a week.

I pretend for a week, or so, that I'm going to spend this year completely on top of the litter of a household. I make promises . . .

This year I will NOT let myself get snowed in by a paper blizzard. Today I will look through all the stacks of paper I've set aside since summer, then file, respond, shred, or recycle . . . whatever is appropriate. And I'll keep it that way all year. (Ha!)

This year I will NOT let myself get swept away by the flood of clutter in drawers and cupboards. Today I will empty drawers and clean high shelves. I will re-compartmentalize contents, fill a thrift-store bag with unnecessary accumulated 'stuff.' And I'll keep it that way all year. (Ha! Ha!)

So it goes . . . my mask will soon be off. One thing I won't do--and I am certain of it. Unlike Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, I will try very hard NOT iron anything but table linens.

Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's mask and my mask of organization have one thing in common--prickles. It's amazing how ornery I get when I'm organizing 'things.' And that might be just the reason to quickly get over my "try-to-get-on-top-of-it" attitude. Yet, I have to boast just a little: the surfaces of my office, including its drawers and shelves, are exceptionally tidy today.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mrs Tiggy-winkle, I feel exactly the same way and you have taken the words right out of my mouth. Piles of papers, bags destine for Good Will, and promises of organization. Keep up your wonderful writing.