Yes, my life is more or less a big ol’ mess. I am bankrupt. I am ill constantly. I am an Uber driver who made $31 in the rain today. I am a retired middle school teacher and ESL teacher. So my messy mental conflagrations are certainly understandable.
I had made a vow back in November I was going to clean the house and put everything in order, especially my room which I use as a studio for writing and drawing. I even had the dolls, er, action figures all positioned in poses that were dynamic and artsy. Then G.I. Joe decided he had to insert his nose between firefighter Barbie’s breasts, knocking her fire hat to who-knows-where. Nothing stays where I put it. Pictures keep falling off the wall because it is cold enough to harden the plaster-tack that I put them up with.
And, of course, I have hoarding disorder so bad that I can’t resist starting new collections of dolls when toy-makers are putting out the new stuff at Christmas, even though the Princess has thoroughly outgrown dolls. And I am not alone in having hoarding disorder. While we were cleaning bedrooms, my daughter found a fluffy rug that would be perfect for the bathroom. But no. My wife is saving it. It has to stay folded and put away where it won’t get dirty. We have closets stuffed full of clothing and other stuff that is rarely or never used. And I do not dare throw any of it out or move it to anyplace else. I can move my stuff, not hers.
But I did complete a collection. I managed to get enough of the new Justice League figures to make a pretty decent Justice League collection.
Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg have joined multiple older Batmen, Supermen, and Wonder Women to round out the League. Of course, I have at least one Green Lantern too. Though GL wasn’t in the recent movie.
‘There are dolls everywhere in my room, so any attempt to clean starts with picking them up off the floor and putting them somewhere safer. These four are now living behind the TV. I just wish they would stay put for a while and quit leaping off shelves when they come alive after midnight every night.
I fully intend to keep on cleaning and Uber driving and writing. And I will probably continue in my spare time to play with dolls and rearrange stuff. You have to understand, I am old. And more than a little goofy.