It is funny how the English language is picking up so many new meanings for words we grew up with in common use. When I saw an article in the Wall Street Journal indicating stooping was now the rage, I thought they were referring to the new lows the media were racing towards in their perpetual political commentaries. I had no idea that this word described the big city rush to leave for the wide-open spaces of rural society where people just put things they didn’t want to take on the front stoop of their apartments. If any of you are twitter fans or use Instagram you probably have seen this.
Susan and I have tried this here in Georgia by placing things we don’t need any longer on the curb. But generally, no one will come and pick them up. That is until you place a price tag on them. After a few days, we will write a large sign indicating you can buy the item for $50 … and it will be gone in minutes!
I grabbed the picture here from Instagram. These are very nice pieces of furniture. Sure, the blond wood is no longer in style, but someone in need could certainly value this.
Never the less, I am struck by the perceptions of value we are seeing today as we cope with COVID. The trend to live in cluster communities … called mixed-use in architectural design … is now dead. Everyone wants to move out. The inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows.
Maybe stooping is just part of downsizing. Perhaps it is rightsizing. Maybe it is more about deciding what is important and truly needed in your life.