18 March 2013
For Storing & Safe-Keeping
We were lucky to have an exorbitant amount of storage space in the home we're about to leave. In doing so, I accumulated boxes upon boxes of mementos and memorabilia, of which I had to weed through and consolidate into one or two bins for the move. It wasn't as difficult as I anticipated: items I'd held onto for sentimental reasons only a few years ago were easy to part with now. The college yearbook I never opened, the cheerleading pompoms from high school, every academic course notebook and binder--that stuff I tossed without blinking an eye.
I mostly kept photo albums, cards and letters. One plastic storage bin and one cardboard box hold almost twenty-seven years worth of cherished memories and beloved words. They're going to live on a shelf in the new apartment, and then probably on another shelf in another house until the day comes when I have children of my own who express interest in learning more about who I am and where I came from.
I can't wait for that day.
(Top left is Emma. Bottom right is me).