What Lurks Beneath

theodor_kittelsen_-_pesta_i_trappen2c_1896_28pesta_on_the_stairs29Originally, the cellar served primarily as a coal store. Today it holds the boiler, idle suitcases, out-of-season sporting equipment, and many sealed cardboard boxes that are almost never opened but are always carefully transferred from house to house with every move in the belief that one day someone might want some baby clothes that have been kept in a box for twenty-five years.
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life