Sunday, January 22, 2012

I Feel Bad About My Refrigerator Door

New refrigerator doors are coated with something that de-magnetizes them.  We don't have one of those.  Consequently, the refrigerator door has become the collection point for all that matters.

In the process, it has become a scary thing to see, let alone approach.


The story's the same for all of us:  it starts small.  A couple of magnets from places we visited; a couple more tiny reproductions of the winning picture from some local event.  For us, it's the annual Tulip Festival.  Or even the nifty notepad where we jot down things to remember.

Once you start down the path of defacing or enhancing your refrigerator door (however you feel about the process), then other things are so easily added.

Pictures of special people get slapped onto the surface as quickly as they come into our possession.  Signs or drawings made by grand kids are attached just as quickly.  I mean, what grandparent can pass up displaying a drawing made by a little person who uses the universal symbol for love?

And then we manage to squeeze in the all-important notice for a test ordered by the family doctor.  The logic is:  put it on the reefer door so you won't forget.  The reality becomes:  we get so used to its presence, we don't notice it anymore.

Each time courage is mustered to attack and de-clutter this over-crowded unsightly surface, courage is then followed by realization that choices must be made.  Whose pictures will go?  The faded ones that mean so much?  The ones attached so many years ago the subjects look completely different now?  The one, made just for us, warning diners that rabbit fur is a condiment?

Each time a sweet face or drawing or note is spotted when passing this messy place, a warm memory or feeling of love bubbles up and causes a momentary smile.

What do you have on your refrigerator door?


36 comments:

  1. Mine pretty much looks like yours; magnets, photos, some lovely art from the granndaughter, a dry-erase calendar that no longer gets used except for the occasional memo. The next fridge we get will be stainless steel--not so much for magnets, but because the current one has a textured surface that is impossible to clean.

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  2. No matter what, you have to keep the B&W photo of granddaughter 1 and 2. It is my favorite pic on your fridge.

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  3. I don't have much on our fridge. The more that is there the more collects dust and rabbit hair. So the less to clean the better.

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  4. I love being able to put cute things my grandkids make for me on the fridge, but the one in my kitchen is a cabinet front. Laundry room fridge is the real deal. Really cute idea for a blog--liked it.

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  5. Now LOS ... it is not what is on the FRONT that matters most - to us. It is what is INSIDE that we care about! Right? =:<)

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  6. So much history on one fridge door! We have two fridge magnets and that's all. We have a busy noticeboard just near the fridge though.

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  7. Looks like good people live there. Mine has a couple of magnets, a calender and a drawing from the little girl next door.

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  8. Looks familiar, although mine is somewhat thinned out from the cats getting on top and reaching down to mess with stuff.

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