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Tough question there at the end!

I think the one thing that speaks to the complete me, is the one item I have owned the longest (since I was a baby): my beloved teddy bear, named Cuddles.

He's soft, comfy, and smells familiar - qualities I value in many of my things & my loved ones (lol), and in myself, I suppose.

He's always there when I need him, and ready for a hug - again, things I value in my things, my loved ones, and myself.

And yes, I'm a cuddler. I love to cuddle with my hubby and my lil daughter too, and that's me. :)

Aww, I'm gettin' all mushy now...


Well, my answer is probably a bit sappy but you asked the question.

My wedding band completes me. I own a lot of stuff that helps me look like Drew and I listen to music that makes me dance like Drew and I have some boots and overalls that dress me like Drew. But none of them complete me the way my wedding band does. Sure it is just a piece of jewelry at the end of the day. But it is a piece of jewelry that when I slide it on still gives me a bit of a jolt. With it comes a feeling of satisfaction. The way it hugs my finger reminds me of the things that mean so much to me; unconditional love, friendship, companionship, comfort, etc.

For a long time I didn't think I deserved to be loved or to have someone or something in my life such as a wife like I have now. But after I met my wife I began to change my thought and my heart softened to the notion that I deserved to be loved and certainly deserved to love. And with that realization came my marriage; symbolized to the world with just one little band of metal.


My claddagh ring. It represents so many different parts of my life. The claddagh goes back to childhood. It was a gift from my husband, so it's a more recent acquisition, but to me, it represents so much more. From my husband, bought while traveling in New Orleans, while I was Irish step dancing competitively, sparked a conversation on travel to Ireland, a place I had been fascinated by since I was 8 and played with a girl from Ireland at my grandparent's house. I think that got all of me, hubby, travel (twice), dance, dreams, grandparents. Yeah, it completes me.


I, too could never be a minimalist, but the space created around my possessions and the organization of items is liberating. That goal is to have only what is needed for a good and purposeful life.
To answer your question I had to get a cup of tea and sit to contemplate. I feel as Drew does about my wedding ring, but also the antique Japanese wooden tea box, a gift from my husband, could be considered. It speaks of my love of tea, my love of boxes and Smith's love for me. I'd like to know which of your processions speaks of you?

kathy b

Great provacative question. I have a small silver pill box that reminds me to be grateful for the balance my medications bring to my health.


Margene, thanks for asking. I have a bureau that was my great-grandmothers that I have used for as long as I can remember. The only time it has not been in my bedroom was during my two years in New Mexico. It is a solid (and to me beautiful) piece of furniture that has held my wardrobe and other treasures for decades now. My wedding shawl and the apron my mom wore for holidays are in its bottom drawer. It is the container of so many parts of my life that I look at is as the one thing I own that knows the "complete" me.

Clara, Drew, Kathy, Katie, thank you for your thoughtful answers, too!


First, I'm impressed that Neal buys you clothes. Clothes that you like! Second, thanks for mentioning me in your post. I'm honored.

As for your question, I don't think there is one thing that speaks to the complete me. Each of my favorite possessions reflect elements of me, but I can't think of one that encompasses me as a whole. Is that cheating?

Thanks for writing. I always enjoy your posts.

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