When I started Cluttercast as my New Year’s resolution, I did something I often do: speak without thinking. I do this a lot in real life and it’s complicated enough. In cyberspace, words live forever.
Look over a couple inches to the right sidebar– you’ll see what I mean. It’s still there—where I mention the mink coat.
I tossed off the mink as an example of “clutter”. Hardly.
Yet reading this, it certainly sounds as if I’m going to cluttercast a mink coat. Am I? Those words have been sitting there; I’ve had time to think about them. And after two months of cluttercasting, it’s time to THINK MINK.
Because nothing in my life is simple, in order to think mink, I had to think about some other stuff. Before the fur starts to fly.
#1. THINK FUR: The mink coat comes from farm-raised animals but it’s still fur, and politically incorrect in many eyes. Including mine. That’s why the coat is sitting in my closet, not being worn. For me, even cluttercasting a fur coat is a political statement of sorts—and I had to decide whether this means I’m supporting something I don’t believe in doing myself. As I said, nothing is simple.
#2. THINK FAMILY: Also not simple. Family to me includes my former family. Namely my ex-husband H, who gave me the coat. Even though I don’t wear it, we’re still friendly and I’d like to stay that way.
The most obvious recipient is my daughter Alli. A vegetarian since age 12, you’d think I could safely assume she would never wear fur. Because she says she won’t.
But I also believed her when she refused to wear leather shoes all through high school. 7 years later, she owns enough UGGS to open a factory outlet. So if she changed her mind about sheepskin, how do I know she won’t change her mind on mink? Plus she currently lives in a warm climate; but the army could send her soldier husband to Alaska, where she could become more fur friendly.
My son could clue her in on the cold, since he’s in college in Wisconsin. But he says he doesn’t want the mink either. Which leads me to…
#3. THINK FRIENDS: I have lots of friends. Many of them live in cold climates. Many of them are not opposed to wearing fur, as I am. One friend even offered to loan me her mink coat to wear to the inauguration—I didn’t mention I had one sitting in my closet.
Not only will some friends think I’m crazy to be giving it; they will want a shot at getting it. Some of my friends don’t even know about Cluttercast yet. They will now– and I’m sure I’ll hear from them in the days to come.
I’ll be posting the coat soon, and allow plenty of time for comments. This is just a heads up. To be sure you stay informed, click here to subscribe. And THINK MINK.