Flotsam and Jetsam

Eponymous Fliponymous

This is a departure from what I usually write here. This is my most personal essay to date. This is me feeling about the loss of my home.

Flotsam and Jetsam

From Wikipedia: Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.

It’s also the title of Chapter 9 of The Two Towers, and is both a reference to the junk floating around the ruins of Orthanc and an ironic self-deprecation by Merry and Pippin, who themselves are washing up on the shore of the tumultuous end of the Third Age.

And it’s a pretty good description of my house right now. I’m sitting here surrounded by boxes and piles and plastic totes and papers and…

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