What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

sixteen-year-old canceled checks

“Want an easy shed today?” Nimue asked when I got home. “You know that advice that says, ‘If you packed a box over six months months ago and you haven’t unpacked it yet, you don’t need what’s in it, and you should get rid of it without opening it’? Here’s why it shouldn’t be followed literally. I worked through one of those boxes today, and I found this.” She showed me a carton of checks. “They’re from 1998,” she said. “I think they can go.”

They certainly can, though I know she’ll want to shred them first. I can’t exactly say why we have to shred checks drawn on a bank that doesn’t exist anymore, but we try to turn anything with personally identifiable information on it into confetti before it mulches the gardens. What a strange world it is, that a fairly beefy shredder has become an essential household appliance.

shedding style: shred
destination: mulch

Comments welcome … what might you shred today?

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