Spread #49- Homage to Chotchkies April 29, 2009Posted by Orly in Spreads.
Chotchkie- a word derived from the Yiddish language derogatorily describing a little decorative ‘thing’ of little or no purpose we love to set around our house. Chotchkies have a bad rep and I do understand why. We may ask how can a fake Porcelain angel, a plastic flower or a Ceramic figurine of anything have a sentimental, aesthetic, financial, or any kind of value? On the other hand what are we without our chotchkies? What is our home unless adorned by chotchkies? How our stories are told with the absence of chotchkies? So disapprove all you want of chotchkies, knickknacks, trinkets, and such, but show me your home and I’ll show you an extensive collection of chotchkies. And you know why? Cause we NEED them. A-ha, yes, we do. No one can survive life chotchkieless. We NEED them to help define ourselves to us and to visitors of our space. To help us remember ourselves, remind us of our identity when we momentarily and routinely forget. They help us travel when we don’t have money for a ticket to an exotic land. They warm up our hearts. They beautify our days. They give us a sense of connection to a bigger, more exciting and interesting world than our house, to cultures, societies, nature, languages, people and to so much more. They fill up our senses. So how in the world do chotchkies have little or no value? Do you agree? Do chotchkies do anything else for you? And if so, what is it?