Monday, December 18, 2006

Wisdom of Julie

So, does anyone want a pair of black Guess jeans? Practically new. One catch, however. You have to be like, really, really thin. Anyway, if you want it (call it a Christmas present, sort of) send me your size. Also your address. And I'll parcel it off.

Jackie and I were cleaning out the balcony. OK, cleaning out is a bit too ambitious a phrase. We were making a start. You have to understand that our balcony is sort of stuffed up. With years and years and years of debris from our childhood, teenagerhood and early adulthood.

Jackie: "Eh, look at that, Julie was so cute in this one, remember?"

Me: "Can save ah?"

Jackie (examining it carefully): Yeah, this one can.

(I have to say we tossed as many into garbage bags labelled: "to be binned", as we saved)

Sorting out the clothes into three categories - children, adult and garbage took us all of yesterday afternoon. Coincidentally, it was a sort of "second deluge" type of day, where it rained continuously from early morning to late at night, which meant we were not going to be doing anything else outside (the roads being flooded). As we uncovered years and years of memories, we laughed, sneezed and felt a little sad.

Jackie (holding up tiny tee-shirt): "Hard to believe I ever fit into this."

Me: "You were very skinny, what?"

Me (holding up third Snoopy, "It looks a little like rain" tee-shirt): Gosh how many of these did we have?

Jackie (holding up her Thundercats tee-shirt): "Wow! Thundercats! I actually had a Thundercats tee-shirt?"

Jackie (holding up a Buck Rogers tee-shirt): "Eh, who was this Buck Rogers fler, ah?"

Me: "This guy, he went to sleep or something and woke up in the 25th century. Don't you remember?"

Jackie: "No, I kept mixing him up with Battlestar Galactica."

Anyway, you see how it goes. Btw, if you know of any worldwide charities who want lots and lots of kiddie (and adult clothes) as well as toys and books, please tell me. We have cartloads to get rid off.

OK, Jackie found this in the balcony. It was a crumpled piece of paper, scribbled over in Julie's schoolgirl handwriting. Jackie found it inspirational and will keep crumpled piece of paper. I, on the other hand, thought I would share it with you.

1. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. (Elbert Hubbard)

2. Friendship is like money - easier made than kept. (Samuel Butler)

3. The only people in the world who never fail are those who never try.

4. It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.

5. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

6. It is easier to stay out than to get out. (Mark Twain)

7. A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

8. Winners never quit. Quitters never win.

9. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

10. Being in the right does not depend on having a loud voice. (Chinese Proverb)

11. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Teddy Roosevelt)

12. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. (Edmund Burke)

13. Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody is listening.
(Franklin B. Jones)

5 comments:

Jackie said...

Jenn, what fun! My sister and I can get lost for hours, looking at stuff and 'remembering'. And then there is the bonus of having it cleaned out - and knowing you're giving it to someone who has a need for it. Do you have Red Cross there?

part-time buddha said...

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."

exactly

Grey Shades said...

Hmmm... You can try Worldvision. They seem to have branches everywhere and i'm sure they'd have one in KL too. rems works there! Say are you back home now?

goldennib said...

I think we need to send out the one about a loud voice doesn't make you right. So many people could use that one. Your sister chose some good sayings.

Jenn said...

Jackie: No, it's a Red Crescent. But I don't think they take old clothes. Our charities are awfully fussy, I think.

PTB: Uh huh.

Grey: OK will do. Thanks for the tip. Although in Malaysia they seem to only ask for money, nothing else.

Nessa: Haha...I loved that one too, especially in light of recent events.