I finally started packing, and I'm decluttering as I go. I almost can't believe the amount of junk my shelves and cupboards can hold! I'm awful at accumulating clutter. I mean, I'm familiar with the 'if it's not useful, beautiful or meaningful, throw it away' rule. But when I plan to throw something away, I start thinking: well, it's not useful right now, but maybe I'll use it later? Maybe I will need it someday and then I'll be sorry about throwing it away (needless to say, it never happens...)? It looks ugly, but maybe if I repaint it, it will look good (I never have the time...)?
So I'm quite happy we're moving, because packing and unpacking stuff I don't actually need is too much of an effort, so I threw away an enormous pile of junk today, and I'm sure there's more to come.
Now, about something quite different: after a long period of silence, LAF posted some new updates and links! I enjoyed reading this great article, originally published in 'Jerusalem Post', by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of the bestseller 'Kosher Sex' and host of 'Shalom in the home'. It's called 'America's uninspired children', and talks about how parents these days, too busy and tired to pay attention, leave their children's education to the media. TV is turned into the ultimate babysitter, and the consequences are destructive: "The mother, meanwhile, is haggard, psychologically raw, and physically and emotionally exhausted. After giving so much of herself to her job and then coming home to a host of domestic responsibilities, she looks in vain to be rejuvenated and resuscitated by the affection of her husband. Since he cannot offer it, she slowly withers and is unable to inspire her children either."