Meridian Star


March 14, 2014

Springtime and the surfer-girl …

MERIDIAN — You know the routine. First, open those sleepy wintertime eyes and look around at all of the mess. Yikes! Stay calm – it can be done. You can achieve a semblance of order and cleanliness. You must make it a priority.

        Next: make a plan and WORK that plan. It all sounds so easy on paper, doesn’t it? But it can be done, little by little. Don’t try to work the entire project in one day. Remember, this is your little corner of the world.  

        At your place, if there’s a helpmate around, perhaps the most fun is making their plan, their work list. (Heh, Heh, Heh) Everyone has a job, even if you are the one planning and pointing … and when you’ve done that, honey, go over that way – there’s lots of stuff to do there. Don’t forget to bring along the wheel barrel and weed eater while you’re planting that cute little ole pine tree.

        Now, if you’ve survived that part – next is to attack your own personal stuff. You must get gritty here. Allow me to give a testimony:

        Deep in a downstairs closet, packed way – next to my surfer girl stuff, is a secret box that I have never had the courage to part with, never! However, every year at springtime cleanup, it appears again. What a burden …

        It is more important than my poodle skirt, more intriguing than my marble collection during my school girl days (the big loggers and cat eyes I took away from the boys in my neighborhood), more exciting than my locked-away diary (now that is stuff that could make an action/suspense/thriller million dollar movie – I’m certain), also more enticing than my photos of “The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis, and, probably, other Top Secret stuff that I’ve even forgotten.

        Yes, packed away with all of this good stuff is my Valentine collection – all through the years. No, not a listing of the ones I sent out, but more importantly, the ones I’ve received. How can a girl, even a Me Maw type girl like me, part with this? It’s like pulling out my heart – okay, sometimes I get a little dramatic. It might happen this year, but I doubt it. I must be stronger – maybe next year?

         But don’t let me sway you, the cleanup must continue, no matter the pain.

        I occasionally check in with the real world and I found it is important that we become familiar with such terms as carbon footprints, environmental responsibility, and green house gases as pertaining to our community. Take a look at - it can get pretty complicated, but bottom-line – we are all responsible for our space.

        So, I’ve gotten busy – making my work list (my helpmates, too – wink, wink) and checking each item off diligently. I’ve cleaned the kitchen cabinets, organized canned goods (what to take to the Crisis Center and what I should use right away). I threw out all of those pesky plastic containers that will not recycle, plus I’ve made a vow not to purchase anything that is not recyclable.

        Then, it was off to my room. I’ve made those painful shoe decisions (what to keep – what to donate – what to throw out) – I’ve gone through my closet (separating the “skinny” wardrobe from the “fat” and “fatter” ones). Whew! That was painful.

        Now I’ve moved to the downstairs closet and the box situated next to my surfer girl stuff – this might be the most difficult of all. I shall meditate upon this decision for a few additional days, but I know it must be done.

         In the meantime, there’s plenty of planning and pointing to continue with my helpmate’s projects. Hey, somebody must do it and it falls to me. Sigh …

        I hope you will join me as we clean up, fix up, perk up and green up … making Meridian the best it can be. After all, it is springtime and the surfer girl is on the move!


    Anne McKee is a writer and storyteller. Visit her website at

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