I wish I remember on which trip to England I came to possess a 5 lb coffee can decoration. It might have been 1976 or possibly 1979. Anyway, one of Jeremy’s relatives — an Aunt perhaps? bought me a can man — I don’t know how else to describe it — at a church sale or something.
It is possible she knew of my love of the Mr. Men books and perhaps this was a homemade version of Mr. Strong? Anyway, I still have it. And I cannot get rid of it. Does it bring me joy? Not exactly joy — more like nostalgia or familiarity. I’ve owned this decoration for 40 years or so. It used to have two “arms” but one fell off years ago which is probably somewhere around here.
Until the basement remodel it sat next to the hamburger pencil holder on a shelf in the basement office. Before that it hung around my classroom — maybe holding rulers? Now it will hang out with me (and the hamburger pencil holder — see it in the background of the photo?) in my office attic. Maybe in our next declutter I will finally part with it.
I received a Facebook comment from Jeremy that clears up the mystery of this object: ” I think it was Auntie Ella, not sure when. They are a spin off from a t.v. quiz show featuring a character called dusty bin. They were probably made by a resident in Auntie Ella’s old folks home.” (Auntie Ella was a midwife, I believe — Jeremy’s grandmother’s sister. His grandmother had been one too. I always think of them when I watch “Call the Midwife”.)
I’ve decided to use him to hold all of the broken items that need to be disposed of in a different way than tossing them in the regular trash.
4 thoughts on “Declutter 2017: Can Man (Mr. Man Can?)”
I wonder if photographing things and then writing about them will make it easier for you to say good-bye? I did a lot of photographing objects that I couldn’t bring home when we were sorting through my mother’s things. I also intend photographing and writing about some I did bring home, so that I can then dispose of them. Maybe we should then put all our posts about things we have loved and discarded into a blog-to-book book, so we can always look at them and remember, without a) having to find a place to put them, or b) to dust them!
I have found that to work, Mali — photographing objects and writing about them. I have happily gotten rid of a lot of things (not this though) by doing that.
Love Mali’s idea. And I totally relate to hanging onto nostalgic things!
I love her idea about putting them all in a book too! I might do that.