So what's interesting might ask. Well of course a lot of things are. Tonight, for me, I am finding it interesting all the things in my life that I at one time thought were important enough to save. Things such as old calendars, old DayTimers, half used spiral notebooks, clothes decades out of date, tiny scraps of paper and fabric, old greeting cards that celebrated holidays and love, report cards, pictures from nursery walls, and the list goes on. Some of these things may have some use still in them such as the old clothes, but they certainly won't do anything to raise my self image; or the scraps of paper and fabric but I have enough left over tiny scraps do I really need them all? Some of the items like the calendars and DayTimers provide a small window into my past activities such as it was March of 2002 that I broke my left arm during a stage practice of Gypsy, but most of the entries are rather mundane and even more of the pages are blank. Old report cards???? I have mine and each of the kids. WHY? As for the cards. I guess I kept them because someone once told me that when you get down and feeling sad its nice to have past greeting cards to pull and remind yourself of the good times and love people had for you. Well some times that works other times.......not so much.
So why do we keep so much? I don't believe I am the only one who does. If I was people wouldn't moan about having to clear out a relative's home after they pass on. So I continue on my quest to sort through a life time of memories and accumulations and I do my best to determine what is truly important and what is just stuff. The stuff goes and a lot has gone. The truly important stuff is savored and then put back on the shelf. I doubt I will ever get down to 100 items like some minimalists achieve, but I will reduce the detritus of my life considerably. The old framed pictures from the nursery walls are going but the homemade Mother's Day cards with a child's hand prints and those hokey poems are right back in the memory box and there they will remain.