Ok, so you’ve probably heard the phrase, One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I’m here to tell you that also works in reverse.
When I was a kid living in Germany, they had what they called “junk day”, where you could sit out anything in your house that you didn’t want anymore, usually furniture or electronics, and then neighbors and others would wander the streets and chose what they wanted from that “junk”. My mom acquired a sewing machine, a daybed, and many other nice little gadgets that their original families thought weren’t exciting or important any longer. They were “junk”. The daybed stayed in our home for a few years until we moved back to the states. I’m not sure what happened to the sewing machine, but alot of that stuff still floated around the house for many years.
I often wish we had Junk Days here, so I could put some of the junk in my garage out without having to throw it away – because it’s good, I just don’t have time to sit out and run a garage sale. And even if I did, what would it be worth?
Often I find it offensive when people say romance is “Trashy”. Really? I don’t think so. But you know what,I do sometimes think other books are “trash” for me. For instance, I completely despise tragedies. Why? Because to me, they don’t celebrate life. They don’t celebrate love. Their only moral tends to be “Love hurts, watch them die!”, So you know what that means, right? It means I dislike 90% of all “Classics”. Romeo and Juliet? Now that just didn’t do it for me. I remember when I read it, I had no idea it was a tragedy (Ok, I was a kid and clueless). I hated it. Couldn’t stand the way they tried everything to be together and then died. Sure, it was an original for it’s time, and it had some great writing, but it’s not something I would read without it being required to graduate a course.
But then, I do enjoy thrillers and romances, yet people consider romances to be “trash”. Really? The writing is as good or better than alot of other books out there. So does happily ever after equal trash? There’s people who say it’s because it has sex in it. But wait, some of the best books out there that are NOT romance, have sex in them. So what makes romance “Trash” when the others with the same “elements” are not? Since when is celebrating life and love considered trash? It’s not. Like I said, one woman’s treasure is another woman’s trash. Or is that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure? Yep. I think that’s more it. Because what others say is trash is nothing more than a treasure celebrating love and life! If that’s trash, give me more. Let me dirty up my home with this ugly celebration of life. :) Wait……. Celebration of life and love. Now there’s a gem I’ll save if not in paper, in my heart, forever.