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Some may say I am a "Stay at home Mom," but that is not even close. I am Eric's Wife. I have exhilarating strokes of genius, followed almost immediately by paralyzing pangs of self doubt and, for whatever reason, here is where I blog about it - warts and all. I serve a merciful God with a clumsy hand and at the end of each day I go to sleep thankful to be His servant and Eric's wife.

Et Tu?

July 31, 2008

Dear 30 Year Old Amy,

Do you remember west Texas weekend afternoons in summer, way back in the day, 30 year old Amy?  Oh, sure you do.  The last of the neighborhood yard sales would have succumbed to the heat and closed up shop.  If it was a “going out of business” sale, there was a safe bet where the loot would land: in the dumpsters.

So, what did you do?  Huh, 30 year old Amy?  What did you do?  You waited patiently until all the old people had retired to their screened porches with their iced teas and you hoisted yourself up, over, and then deep inside the belly of your neighbor’s dumpsters, scrounging for treasure.

What’s the matter, 30 year old Amy?  Didn’t want your little friends to know about your absolutely unhygienic childhood past time?

I’m writing you now to let you know that I saw you yesterday.  You try to pretend I’m not here, but I think you know that deep in your core beats the heart of 12 year old Amy.

I know that when you realized that your husband’s most important papers had been inadvertently thrown in the trash, you felt a sick sense of the hunt come over you at the notion of climbing into the dumpster.  You brought your kind friend the maintenance man along and together you both plowed through three dumpsters.

You didn’t find the papers, but you what did you find?  Two boxes of perfectly good VHS cassette tape movies!  Some with the plastic still on them!  And these aren’t low budget kid cartoons, no sir.  These are real deal, super-awesome, grown-up movies that you actually want to see!

I saw how you and that maintenance man smiled and joked about how you “didn’t have too much shame” to go ahead and reclaim these items from their end of the road sentence.

You acted as though you had never done such a thing before.  As though you never even knew me. As though you don’t still own, among your current jewelry rotation, a silver chain you and I found together back when you still acknowledged me.

For shame, 30 year old Amy.  For shame.  Enjoy your movies, traitor.

Hugs and Kisses

12 year old Amy


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8 responses to “Et Tu?”

  1. Susan says:

    I have had the pleasure of dumpster diving as well, and you know what- good for you. Don’t think of it as dumpster diving, but more of treasure hunting.

  2. Theresa says:

    I think we should gang up on “12 year old Amy” and make her mind her own business! LOL We love you even if you couldn’t find the papers. You hit paydirt with the movies!!!

  3. Eric's Wife says:

    I just got this picture in my head of a bunch of grown women ganging up on a scrawny twelve year old girl.
    “Mind your own business, ya hear? Or else you’ll be wearing you some cement boots, if you know what I mean.”

  4. deleise says:

    You make me smile.

  5. Kristen says:

    Seriously, I think my pants are going to come unbuttoned from laughing so hard. You crack me up!

  6. Kristen says:

    And PS… Freecycle… dumpster diving without getting dirty 😉

  7. Lisa Emrich says:

    It’s always nice to get a note from an old friend. Blast from the past they say.

  8. Oh I so remember diving with you…..very gross! But we got some cool stuff. Then mom questioned me where I got it….cool stuff in the dumpster AGAIN! My bet is that you went back and got it once we left.