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Stories on a Dressing Table

A dressing table can easily gather dust and clutter but it can also tell a thousand stories.  Arranging the objects on my dressing table (and other people's) was always one of my favourite things to do as a child and when I have time to show them attention, the things which have found their way onto my dressing table top (a chest of drawers in fact) still hold great value. Snowglobes, nail polishes, little pots and boxes, jewellery, empty perfume bottles just because they're pretty... It was the magical habitat of my porcelain animal ornaments, where they resided amongst china jewellery boxes and pot pouri (it WAS the 80s!) instead of trees. Not much has changed since I was 9!  Except these days I so rarely have time to look at this assortment, let alone tidy it! So when I found the time to go through it last night, I was struck by all the magic and stories that had gathered in silence on this humble white Ikea stage over the past few years.  Love and friendship showed up in many gifts here and there, while matchboxes and lighters still held sparks of holidays and good times in pubs and restaurants... All interspersed with little things that caught my eye along the ways of life.  The navy Wedgewood Jasperware tray picked up in Portobello Market, a little wooden elephant adorned with plastic emeralds picked up in Agra (I like elephants!) and my neon yellow mirrored Wayfarer STYLE sunglasses found on Amazon for a couple of dollars. I found myself feeling overwhelmed by all the memories, colours and a great sense of gratitude.  I know they are just things but there are very important people and places and times behind them.  And I had forgotten about the snowglobe... Given to me by a French student a few years ago... the Eiffel Tour stands proudly in a sea of glitter, unapologetically full of touristy allure.  He said it was to remind me of my dream, to go to live in Paris.  Well I'm glad he reminded me! I'll get there someday.

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