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The things we throw away…

There’s a romance in certain old clothes, in this pile that so many women made from the leavings in their closets.

 

These threads, worn by time, softened by skin. These things we know we’ll never need again, like that light blue shirt three sizes too small, or those pin-striped pants with the stretchy middle band that held our bellies big with baby. Or that dress, cherry red, with the zipper caught on the memory of the last time it was pulled down down down to that sweet spot where the spine ends in a dip.

 

 

“It’s for a good cause,” we tell ourselves as we sort through the pile, sticking hand-written price tags on these things that we once smoothed over our bodies while we scrutinized each curve, each angle… These things that made us smile at the woman in the mirror smiling back at us.

 

“Maybe someone else will love it like we did once,” we say to ourselves softly. “Besides, Passover is coming… and anyway, t’s time to clean our closets and clear our cupboards… because look: it’s already Spring again.”

 

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Jerusalem with her 3 kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.