Mom kept boxes filled with treasures from each of her children. Treasures. That’s really a matter of opinion. I find it amazing that the pages of my baby book are still intact and of great quality paper compared to many I have filled on my own. But I still scanned the pages – saving a bit for Jenna but still discarding a lot.
School work done on ditto paper. Remember those? Before Xerox and other photo copiers. Purple carbon paper and ink
All daily assignments and homework in purple outline – never black
I kept some of my drawings out for Jenna to look at. The majority I’ve thrown away. And I’m proud to say that she has also.
I had made a calendar for my Uncle and his family who were living in Denver at the time. I don’t believe my mom ever mailed it as it was in my box – but as I pulled it apart, I completely understand why my mom would not have wanted to bother.
I also found a piece of newspaper dated June 1969. I went through the page three times, but could not find any significance or reasoning to why the page had been saved.
Lots of advertisement and laughable styles and prices in today’s eye:
I do remember birth announcements and weddings – but engagements? That’s bizarre. Perhaps mom knew one of these women? She may have then – but I’m certain she has no clue at present.
I have noticed that my scanner has made the newspaper look more aged than the actual paper.
I was serving in Roanoke during the flood of November 1985. It’s still quite surreal to me that I was there and saw the damage but not the flood itself as my comp and I were ordered to stay put in our apartment in a house upon a hill
A lot of things can be found on the Internet now. I don’t have to save the map of Lake Ridge Mall as it is on the Internet. I don’t have to save brochures that tell me about old and new Cape Henry. They can be found online.
Not all my faded pictures of Mabry Mill and Philpot can be found – as my comps and I were in several of them. But they are so distorted – I don’t think they are worth the repair. But the scenery itself can be found online – though I did have to scan this one. I took it because it made me laugh – and now it can make others laugh as well
I’ve actually gone through everything that I had left with mom three years ago. But there is more in the shed. A lot more. I think it grew. It’s probably growing right now. It’s overflowing – like a vine. I’m almost afraid to tackle.
I must have saved every thought, every hand out in Relief Society and Young Women’s. I saved ticket stubs and wedding napkins and announcements – photos of people I no longer remember.
One of the hardest memories to look at was a wedding announcement of a friend close to me like a brother and his wife. So happy. So young. So in love. That’s how it reads in the photo anyway.
The caption under the photo reads “Today, Tomorrow and Always” - always what? Living a hell maybe, because the love died a long time ago from what I understand. Today, Tomorrow and Always? That is what I thought of all my memorabilia. Fortunately “always” will be a myth in the scrap saving department for me.
So I have divorced much of my memorabilia. Not quite as upsetting as the many marriages that have fallen apart. It is their children who suffer the most, I think. Although in this case it’s been an equally great hardship on them all. Perhaps the youngest and then my friend and his wife who may never get better – one cannot be cured if always in denial.
I’ve thrown away tons of cards. Some I kept for the pictures. Some because they don’t seem to make those old-fashion kind of cards anymore. But I just don’t have the room. No sense in scanning those. Most of the pictures that I’ve shared have been “borrowed” from the Internet – and I’m certain I will continue to borrow more. I don’t need to scan pictures that I can find on the Internet. I want the personal ones – not the generic card pictures that are nice – but really. I don’t need to hang onto them. I really don’t.
I’m grateful that I am able to let go and that modern technology has allowed me to compact those things that I would like to save. Thank you to all of those who have assisted with the many programs and drives available to all of us.