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Childhood Memories Part 1

I have a single large plastic bin with all of my old memories from the past. There are photos, report cards, grade school art, my first paycheck stub and just “stuff”. Some of the things are important to me. But most of it was more important to my mother than me.

I spent a few hours going through it last night. I took everything out of the bin slowly and sorted it into piles.

There is a hand writing assignment from when I was 8. Smiley faces are important to kids I guess. Do I still need this?

No.

There is a Texas wind chime in the bin. A little Texas, cowboy hat, armadillo, six shooter and a cylinder (I can only assume it was a beer can) made of clay. Hanging from fishing line. Have you ever seen a functional wind chime made of painted clay and fishing line? Somewhere out there is a teacher who was proud of that project. She (I’m stereotyping I know) found these cool Texas shaped cookie cutters. Decided that it would be fun project for elementary aged kids. Will this ever hang in my house?

No.

There is a lot of art in the bin too. Now I’d like to think of myself as an artist. I’m a very creative person and make a living being artistic. But the “art” I did in elementary is never going to hang on a wall. Should I keep these?

No.

I found a stack of Happy-Grams. These are the little comments that a teacher wrote to make a child feel important. I wonder if they had a quota that they had to complete per student each year? Worth keeping?

No.

Should I save ANY of these things? Will they be things I give my child before I die? Would they value them as special possessions?

No!

Sigh…. sadly it would just be a bin of junk that would be thrown out after I die by my family. So I will save them the trouble, I’ll put them in the trash now!

Will my mother get upset if she reads this post?

Yes!

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Robert Wall April 11, 2011, 1:47 am

    Wow, it sounds like you were a recipient of a box like the one I described back a month or so ago:

    http://www.untitledminimalism.com/2011/03/minimalist-birthday-clutter-free/

    It sounds like your mother had good intentions saving all that stuff for you, but you’re right – most of it probably won’t be of much use to you going forward.

    One question you never answered above though = did you at least enjoy going through the box?

    • Marc Morgan April 11, 2011, 9:05 pm

      I did enjoy the process of going through it. I have 2-3 more blog posts associated with this one box. 🙂

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