Shortly before my parents' recent trip here, my mom called and said they found some more of my stuff in their storage shed. I was quite surprised, as I thought we'd gone through everything already. Let me just say: being a packrat is a lot of work. I don't know how much time has been invested into storing and sorting these random pieces of memorabilia!
Some of what they brought was full of fun and delight for me, bringing back many happy memories. Some examples were beloved dolls and stuffed animals, as well as a pair of "books" I wrote when I was 8 years old that I assumed I'd tossed out at some point. What a hoot to re-read them last week!
Can I get a shout-out for (fake) Cabbage Patch Dolls and Rainbow Brite (whose green friend's name I can't quite recall)?! Here they are, accompanied by another favorite doll, Kimberly. I had to laugh when I saw the fruity outfit "Amy" is wearing, because that's the same material my mom used to make me a sweatshirt back in the day, and I used to wear it with rainbow-striped legwarmers! (I wore that ensemble once in a family photo, and Monica was not pleased! I looked for that picture to share with you, but couldn't find it. Whew!)
Other things they brought elicited the "Why on earth have I kept this so long?" response. Sample items include every paper I wrote my freshman year of college, high school book reports, and all of my paperwork from student teaching. I came across textbooks, report cards, and dozens of journals. Many items went to the recycle bin, a few were suitable for thrifting, and of course there were many things I wasn't ready to part with--at least not yet.
I'm obviously a saver by nature, but I also don't like clutter--an interesting combination! So where do you fall on the toss it/keep it continuum?