While finishing sorting through a box of paperwork today, I came across a couple of things that made me laugh...
The first is a plastic placard that can hang on a mirror or a window with a suction cup that still has the price tag on the back, in spite of the fact the suction cup is missing. It's got a cartoon from Cathy Guisewite's, "Cathy", comic strip on it. Cathy is on the phone with her mother. She's wearing her robe and red slippers standing next to her bed, which is heaped with clothes and hangers. The mother asks, "Are your clothes laid out, Sweetie?" to which Cathy, rolling her eyes, replies, "My clothes are laid out, Mother."
I obviously found it funny and could identify with it when I bought it in the first place, and I find it funny but somewhat unsettling now. I think I may have been trying to tell myself something when I bought it, but I wasn't able to hear what that was. But it's still funny, because I see myself, Bugster, Hopper and Scooter all in it. However, I don't find it funny enough to keep. It will go in the donation box, unless someone wants me to send it to them. Email me, if you want it.
The second thing I found was a photocopy of a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon. Calvin is scowling with his shoulders hunched over, and the caption under him says, "God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind I will never die."
Looks like I've got a long life ahead of me.
Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.
You can read the start of my journey here.