Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's in your Pocket?

Blogging, I have realized, is also a journey of self discovery, of appreciating that perhaps the most ordinary things really aren't that ordinary.

When I sifted through the spoils from our road trip, half of what I brought back were pieces of nature, and I've realized since that I do this all the time. Take, for instance, the contents of my coat pockets: In almost every one you will find at least one small stone, usually a round one that I picked up along the beaches of Lake Michigan. I like rubbing it between my fingers, savoring the texture of its surface.

Then I remembered that my mother always has Tic Tac Mints in her coat pockets. When on occasion I slip into one of my mother's coats, my hands will soon be playing with one of those Tic Tacs, and I can literally feel that that coat is hers.

So I started thinking about how our coat pockets are little manifestations of who we are, and this weekend, while picnicking out in the country, I emptied the pockets of my field jacket, to really look at what I carry around:

  • a glove (not the practical working gloves that should go with a field jacket, but rather a hint of my urban life: thin and knitted, with a buttoned cuff and ruffles around the edges)
  • a crumpled grocery list (the practicalities of life are never far)
  • some coins (ditto)
  • an acorn (I love those guys; too bad they usually fall apart as they dry)
  • a piece of seaglass (so wonderfully smooth!)
  • a shard (found on the beach for its cool colors)
  • five small stones (the one with the porous surface is the best for rubbing)
I picked up some of the stones to take home, and then found it more comfortable to have them in my pockets. I also love how different things live in my pockets while the coats are out of season, waiting to be rediscovered when my hands slip into them on that first frosty morning in the fall.

So the question is: What's in your pockets, and what does it tell you about yourself?


  1. In my coat pocket is a list of books I wanted to look up at the library. Why am I not surprised. I also had a tissue (unused, don't worry) because when you have a little one, you deal with a lot of runny noses.

  2. This is very inspiring to me for a personal reason and I think someday soon I'll have a post about why..... Thank you!

  3. Kelly - my kids are older but I still carry tissues with me all the time, only they're in my purse now.

    The Desert Rocks - Let me know when that post goes up!

  4. Exactly! And old purses. When I find things sometimes I just let them stay where they are--little time capsules.

  5. CMSmith - yes, time capsules is a great way to put it!

  6. could so relate to this- when I get out my winter jacket- I'm always amazed to find some treasure waiting for me to discover it again. Never knew about this when I was staying in climates which did not require this has been a wonderful new discovery.