Monday, March 2, 2009
Clothes with Spirit
I went art shopping with a friend. After finding many over-priced pieces of art in stores and in a mall, he told me that he often has better luck finding art in Goodwill stores. I didn't think it possible, but was proven wrong. He found three nice, original pieces of art -- not the works of famous artists, of course, but good pieces. While he sought art, I was drawn to the clothing section. There, hanging just below a row of suits and shirts were two dark legs hanging down. I walked over to inspect more closely and discovered I had seen a ghost. For a small fraction of a moment, there was a man hanging in a suit on the rack of other clothes. I saw his face -- round with acne on the forehead. He looked forty years of age and was a drinker as evidenced by his bright red nose. I don't know how he died, but it may have been suicide. He looked deeply depressed. It occurred to me there in Goodwill that I was likely surrounded by many ghosts. All the things there had once been worn, used, or played with by others -- some of whom are dead. Imagine all the lives imprinted on those inanimate objects. I don't think I could ever shop there knowing what I now know. This is why I do not go to estate sales. Too much death; too many ghosts.