Words have meaning. If you jettison something, I picture a spacecraft that has items it wants to get rid of, being placed at the rear of the craft, then forcefully pushed away from the ship.

The word abandoned has a totally different connotation. It can be a conscious decision or an unconsciousness happening to leave something behind.

I have seen pictures of abandoned buildings, most are beyond repair. Some houses were at one point in their existence fine, beautiful homes. These homes were occupied by families that I would like to think lived and loved each other and life.

I have several Pinterest boards that I use in my writing world. One board is on architecture, which I use to piece together homes of the families and characters that inhabit my books.

I also have pictures of abandoned palaces. Beautiful structures that have been the background for lavish parties, balls, gatherings of wealthy Lords and Ladies. At what point did their owners walk away and never come back? And better yet, why?

I have at times mislaid objects and in time forgotten about them. I had a large plastic cake cover that got taken to a porch that wasn’t used often. It must have languished on that porch for close to a year when a storm came through and we had to clean up that porch and replace windows.

On seeing that plastic cake cover I remembered it, but had I not seen it, it was literally out of sight out of mind. And somehow I’ve lost people in a similar fashion. Mostly we all got busy then we all slipped away from each other.

Relationships take work. The closer the relationship the more work it takes. The current society we live in doesn’t encourage strong relationships. We are pressured on many sides with a multitude of things demanding our time and attention.

Abandoned—we usually think of abandoned things as objects that we knowingly and willingly leave behind. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they are things we lay down thinking we will come back to later, and later just never comes.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
(Matthew 24:45-46 KJV)