I found reading this story of inner conflict very enjoyable. There were moments when I wished I could grab a mug of coffee, run off to
Brooklyn and join Pesi as she met with “The Holy Sisters”. This devoted group of friends who shared the same faith and values provided unfailing support and remarkably accurate insights. May we all be so lucky to have even one friend like this, let alone a whole group as in Pesi’s case!
In the end, I began to realize that Pesi’s struggle wasn’t really about the clutter - in same way as I’ve heard it said over and over about other afflictions and addictions. Although clutter doesn’t invade my life in the same way as Pesi, there was a common thread worth sharing. It seems life is a constant battle against whatever we individually need work. For Pesi, whenever she would have an orderly home, a pipe would literally burst or she would find a way to unravel all her success through self-sabotage. Pesi ends the story still struggling, yet she did make the important discovery to find strength through her spirituality. I thought her image of a
thrift shop find stuffed goose summed up Pesi’s plight very well. Bewilda, the goose, had a ruffled appearance and, as Pesi describes, “weary eyes permanently fixed on heaven.” I can say I’ve had days when I felt like this goose! Florida
About the Author:
Pesi Dinnerstein (a.k.a. Paulette Plonchak) has written selections for the best-selling series Small Miracles, by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal, and has contributed to several textbooks and an anthology of short stories.