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thriftery..

stopped by the goodwill store on my junk walk..
i used to always think i liked thrift stores because i'm cheap.
now i know better.

did this person donate this skirt because they lost 50 pounds and no longer want 'fat' clothes? or did they gain 50 pounds and not want to be reminded of their thinner, more socially acceptable self. did another person leave behind a men's dress shirt because it was no longer in fashion, or because it was their husband's, who just passed away?

i realized i'm on the hunt for something much bigger than a bargain. i want history. i want to be connected. i want to feel these people's stories by smelling the essence of perfume left behind, beholding the markings from everyday life.

many people ask where the name baby smith comes from..
it was the name given to me by the state of nebraska before i was adopted. although i've met a large part of my biological family and am deeply indebted to my adoptive family for taking me in..............

i'm still searching.

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insufion
Jul. 16th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
i like your name a lot!!!
searching too.always searching.walking around and looking for that connection.i've been all over this world searching for something.
i talk to strangers all the time on my wanderings...not becaue i'm a social creature but on the off chance they may have already found what i'm looking for.

i don't know what i would do if i didn't have my wanderings.

the search ,for me ,is the point.the finding has become less important than the search.
artworkslive
Jul. 16th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: i like your name a lot!!!
that is SO true. the search is a very important part of living and growing. the process of art making..discovering materials and techniques and letting your mind be open enough to accept different paths..that's a search that i live for. even more than the final product of art itself.

i guess that's what drew me to the idea of assuming the name baby smith again. i'll always feel like that wandering soul..the only thing i'm sure of is that i'm not sure of anything.

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