Do you have a someone in your neighborhood who has a penchant for lawn or various outdoor tchotchkes? If so, is a wise or foolish thing to do or would you consider him or her to be a neighborhood weirdo?
I decided this year to replace my rural mailbox which was in need of repair. I may have become carried away when I decided to add a tchotchke effect to the mailbox to humor myself.
The end result is pictured below..
The Purpose of This Post
Is to ask any interested readers their opinion after reading this post as to whether it was wise or foolish. And perhaps should I remove the Tchotchkes because even though people who know my personally have commented they like my mailbox, other neighbors may be irritated, even though no one has complained to me.
Did You Know? (Merriam Webster)
Just as trinkets can dress up your shelves or coffee table, many words for “miscellaneous objects” or “nondescript junk” decorate our language. Knickknack, doodad, gewgaw, and whatnot are some of the more common ones. While many such words are of unknown origin, we know that tchotchke comes from the Yiddish tchotchke of the same meaning, and ultimately from a now-obsolete Polish word, czaczko. Tchotchke is a pretty popular word these days, but it wasn’t commonly used in English until the 1970s
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:13)
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house– too much of you, and they will hate you. (Proverb 25:17)
What’s My Point?
I have been a Chicago Bears fan for most of my 79 years. This season I was hopeful for a repeat 1985 Superbowl championship but sadly am disappointed again.
Being a Chicago Bears Fan is not an easy task and very often lately can be even bring about a lot of facial griminess if taken too seriously.
So, to hopefully show support for my team, I painted the outside shell with the Bears Colors of Blue and Orange which the mailman commented was very colorful. Then I crafted a football and painted it brown and affixed Bear logos to show my support at the beginning of the season.
I added the Christmas tree as a Christmas decoration and affixed a string of solar lights.
Christmas decorations are not considered Tchotchkes in my opinion and will not perturb your neighbors if you remove them after Christmas.
In My Opinion
Reading the news today and the sad lack of wisdom and folly can become very depressing especially if you blog as often as I do to attempt to convey ancient wisdom to our contemporary times. Some posts which may irritate certain political or religious factions in our divisive Nation.
Yet coming home on a dark night and seeing the flashing lights on my own Tchotchke mailbox creation brings a smile to my face instead of a grimace
I will remove the tree and bear decoration at the end of the season. However, I am also a Cubs fan and will probably add the Cubs log and carve out a baseball figure in the Spring.
Does the mailbox help make you smile or did I violate King Solomon’s proverb not to step too often in my neighbor’s community?
Do you think it was wise or foolish to decorate a mailbox? One friendly neighbor described it as extraordinary and then commented a mailbox function is to hold the mail and my extraordinary mailbox will not do anything to improve mailbox function which is basically to deliver mail. Was he perhaps implying my mailbox to be a “nondescript junk” contraption?
Oh well. Care to comment. Is my mailbox violating the proverb not to step in my neighbor’s house, or his community by decorating my mailbox with a Tchotchke?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Or in other words my mailbox tchotchke idea wise or foolish? I know it is no way related to a gift from God. Then again either are the Bears this season. Oh Well.