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Instead of cleaning, I just move

The process of moving evokes a dozen different emotions in people.
Frustration is frequently felt when you go through the hassle of setting up utilities for your new residence. Elation is usually the feeling a person has when they sign that final paper at the closing of their house.
Many of us probably have different sensations when we pack boxes before moving. Maybe anxiety is what you feel as you wonder if you bought enough boxes for your books, dishes and miscellaneous knickknacks. Possibly you see packing as a springboard for some much needed cleaning, and whatever isn’t needed lands, not in a box, but at the curb for trash pickup.
Well, with my move coming up this weekend, my packing experience this time around was kind of a way for me to reflect on the items I have accrued in my 10 years since moving out of my mom’s house and collecting furniture, heirlooms and other family memorabilia. I began packing for this move about a month ago because I wanted to make sure I would be as ready as possible once my fiancé and I closed on our house and we were able to start loading up. Because I was so prepared, I had plenty of extra time to think about all the things I have come into possession of that mean something to me for whatever reason.
Take for example the music box I was given after my grandmother died. Now I understand that I am a guy and probably shouldn’t care about a music box, however, the box is from the 60s and it plays “Lara’s Theme” from the David Lean epic “Doctor Zhivago.” Since I am so into movies, my family let me have the music box (plus, the women in the family went for the jewelry and fur coats).
I took another timeout when I came across my remote control replica car of the Aston Martin DBS from “Casino Royale.” There is nothing like an hour of setting up wicked stunts for your plastic car to do jumps and spin out to take your mind off the monotony of packing.
Something that has me stumped is what to do with a set of encyclopedias I have inherited from another grandmother. I’ve hung on to the full set of books for quite some time, but I feel it is time to let go of them. With the simplicity of searching for topics on the Internet it just seems to make sense that encyclopedias are quickly become useless.
However, the main reason for letting go of this set is the fact that the books were written in 1961. That’s right, these things were released in the year that John F. Kennedy was president, the first man made his way into space, Bob Dylan played his first gig and the U.S.S.R. started building the Berlin Wall.
I can’t bring myself to just throw the books away and I’m not sure if they can be recycled or not. I would like to give them to a worthy cause such as a school or library, but I don’t even think they would want encyclopedias that are nearly 50 years old and are probably so outdated they would do more harm than good for the reader.
Should you have any suggestions as to what I can do with these eyesores, please send your ideas to my e-mail. Otherwise I’m losing some much needed space on my bookshelf so that I can learn that Herbert Hoover is still alive, Frank Sinatra is at the top of his game and how to survive an atomic blast by sitting underneath my desk at work.

Matt Cook is managing editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com

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