Celebrating the Saver; Three Objects With Special Meaning

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“Objects… show us where we end. They dispel our sadness, temporarily.”Don DeLillo

My husband and I are slowly cleaning up our basement.

We fill our garbage receptacle each week, discarding things we thought we might use sometime, only to realize that, no, we will probably never need those replacement ceramic tiles that used to surround the pellet stove we got rid of years ago on the hearth we tore out in 2010.

We have lived in our house for 34+ years. Let me tell you, somehow, stuff seems to accumulate as a direct function of time.

I am, by nature, a pitcher; Bill is a saver.

I am not going to enter a potentially contentious debate about the relative merits of each position.

Let me just say, however, the exercise of discarding items typically goes something like this:

Me: (holding up a doohickey) “What’s this? Can we throw it away?
Bill: (looking at the doohickey and frowning thoughtfully) “That’s a valve for a showerhead we replaced 15 years ago. I guess we don’t need to save it.

Moving on.

Viewing the detritus of our lives for the last three decades sparked thoughts about what objects are intrinsically valuable to me.

I thought I would share three of those things with you.

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  1. My Christmas fuzzy socks. These socks were a Christmas present from one of my sons, given to me years ago when they were all living at home. I honestly don’t remember which one gave them to me.

    I typically purge clothing at an alarming rate. I am a firm believer in the adage that if you haven’t worn an item in the past year, throw it away.

    These socks, however, have survived decades of expulsions. Why? Because they remind me of the sweet time when all my boys lived under the same roof. They remind me of young motherhood and the charming, goofy presents I sometimes received. They remind me of a time I did not appreciate nearly enough when it was happening. I appreciate that era now.Meditations in Motion

  2. My mother’s ring. I wrote about this ring in a previous post from long ago.

    My mom and I were close. I was never embarrassed to be seen with my mom, even when I was a teenager; I always enjoyed spending time with her.

    Three years before she died, Mom had a stroke that diminished her mental capacity. She spent her final years in an assisted living facility, which she, independent spirit that she was, loathed.

    I inherited some of Mom’s jewelry after she passed away and kept it in a jewelry box on my dresser.

    One night, after visiting some friends, Bill and I returned home to discover we had been robbed. The thieves took two things – our TV and my jewelry box, which contained all of my mother’s jewelry. The television was replaceable; the jewelry was not.

    I was inconsolable.

    A few years later, while going through Mom’s few remaining possessions, I found mom’s Mother’s ring hidden in a box in the basement. A momento of my mom the thieves had missed.

    I wear it now when I want to bring “Mom” with me to an event she would want to attend- maybe a grandchild’s birthday party or a Thanksgiving gathering. It is one of my most valued possessions because it reminds me of my mother’s indomitable, generous spirit.Meditations in Motion

  3. My Boston Marathon shirt. The shirt reminds me of the race I ran to qualify for Boston, the Eugene Oregon Marathon, held each May.

    The previous December, I was very sick. I missed a month of school (I was a teacher), then my mom passed away. I never felt so vulnerable, so shaky.

    Leading up to the qualifying race, I did everything wrong. My husband and I traveled west to meet our son Rob, then a graduate student in Oregon, flying across three time zones the day before the race. That night, we stayed out late, watching a band cover Beatles songs and drinking beer. On the morning of the race, held on what would have been my mother’s birthday weekend, I didn’t eat breakfast.

    But as soon as the race began, I knew it was my day to run. The miles ticked by effortlessly.

    As I approached mile marker 25, I saw Bill waiting to run the final mile with me. We crossed the finish line with minutes to spare and I collapsed into a group hug with my son and husband. There may have been some tears. The marathon shirt reminds me of that special race and to appreciate the serendipitous.

Do you have objects with a special meaning to you?

 

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104 comments

  1. Isn’t it amazing that the objects we’re most likely to cherish derive their worth not from their monetary value, but from their emotional value and what they symbolize to us — and the parts of our lives with which they reconnect us? One of my very most favorite, I’ll-never-willingly-part-with-it items is a teensy, miniature teacup and saucer on a fairly tacky little plastic display stand: the cup has “I love you, Mom” on it in gold letters. ‘Nough said πŸ™‚

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  2. I liked this post Laurie … I do remember your post about the ring and liked that post as well. I laughed about the reference to the Christmas socks as I have lots of oddball things I’ve saved through the years, intending to use them, as I am like Bill, a saver not a thrower. In fact I liked Bill’s response to the part for the old shower head, which is long gone: “I guess we don’t need to save it.” I went through 3/4s of the basement when I had whole house insulation done in 2017 and they left a huge mess. I moved things around, went through some drawers and cupboards and Rubbermaid totes, re-arranged others and all in all … rummaging through all the Rubbermaid totes, in the end I said “I’ll do it when I retire – I might need something – better not toss anything away.” I even wrote a post about the stuff I discovered and spent a lot of time looking at my newfound treasures. The fact that I have not worn any of the work clothes, shoes, accessories since I last set foot in the office on April 9, 2009, yet cling to these items, does not bode well for a clean and clutter-free life.

    I collected teddy bears for many years – in part, it is because as a baby, not even a toddler, it was discovered I had allergies to the material inside stuffed animals. Thus, no stuffed animals ever – just dolls for me. Many years later, the mid-80s perhaps, after years of allergy immunothrapy, my mom ,(also my best friend), and I were walking through a department store around back-to-school time. She pointed at a very cute sitting brown bear with denim jeans and a flannel shirt that had a patch “Boswell, the Teacher’s Pet” – on a lark she said “let me buy you that bear Linda – you never had teddy bears when you should have had them.” I didn’t argue with her – he IS (“is” being the operative word here) a very cute bear. He soon had companions as she decided if we were at the Hallmark store and saw a bear, or a cute one was a in a catalog, or at a department store, she would get it for me. I would buy them myself sometimes, so that within about five years, I had 52 teddy bears, of all sizes, and they encroached into my mom’s room, the TV room – I still have them. They have names – some their “tag names” – some had their own names. I can’t remember all the names but I still have them, lined up and always smiling – so yes, I can’t really part with them because there are special memories attached to those teddy bears. I am going to write about them one day – I have pictures of the whole slew of them. πŸ™‚ I did pitch some thing, but a mother lode of STUFF awaits me downstairs … this was my post I did, it was a little long, but that should not surprise you at all. https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/09/19/tuesday-musings-29/

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    • I couldn’t remember if I had many (any) followers or not when I wrote the post about the ring. I should have known, you have such a good memory for posts! Believe it or not, we had a Rubbermaid tote in our basement with canceled checks from 1978! I insisted we throw them away.

      Yes, when you retire, you can take your time and go through everything. Our basement looks amazing now. At least the half we finished.

      Aww…I have a soft spot in my heart for teddy bears. The story about your mom is touching. I bet you could easily turn it into a blog post!
      I will check out the link you sent. Thanks!

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      • You might have linked to it before or mentioned it before, maybe for Mother’s Day, but I remembered the story.

        I don’t feel so badly about my Rubbermaid tote in the basement with items to be shredded that date back at least a dozen years. Before we had a shredder my mom had these scissors which were thick like pinking shears, but made multiple cuts at one time, maybe 6 or 8, not sure. She would painstakingly cut up all the important financial items, then put it into a jar afterward before putting it in the garbage.

        We finally got a shredder and I set it up in the kitchen and our canary was terrified of the noise. So it became my job (my mom did not go downstairs, difficult for her to do so). So I did it one evening and even with the door shut, the noise was still loud and it would run warm and you had to shut it off. I said “later for this project” … hmm. So in good conscience, I know I cannot just pitch these records. Some are older tax filings as well.

        It will take me a long time to get organized down there. The basement is finished and there is stuff piled everywhere in small bankers boxes on the couch, chair, desk, sewing machine or Rubbermaid totes. And lots of Christmas decor. The house is done in a country theme so much of the Christmas decor is geared to that, although we had some Precious Moments two-foot high nutcracker figurines which were really nice and not country-inspired. I just never decorate anymore – it seems I’m reluctant to create more clutter than I already have – maybe when I tame it a little I’ll go back to decorating, but it’s just me and no family, so I don’t. No one’s been to the house since 2012 (the last time I saw my boss) except contractors for HVAC, plumber, etc.

        I like teddy bears too and funny you said that Laurie because I had thought I should do a post one day. As you saw in the post, I did get rid of a few things, but I spent more time woolgathering about my “treasures” than getting a lot thrown out.

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      • Bill bought a shredder year ago and I wondered why. Now I use it all the time. The checks in the basement, though, were drawn on a bank that doesn’t even exist anymore. We just bagged them up and put them in the trash. It would have taken hours to shred all of them!

        I don’t really decorate much for Christmas anymore wither. Just the bare minimum for my grandkids! πŸ™‚

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      • The shredding does take forever – easier to take it to a shredding event, but not sure if that is safe or not.

        Yes, the grandkids will appreciate it – I’m going to put a little more effort into it this year. I have a Boyd’s Bear teddy bear ceramic tree my mom bought me – going to put it up this year. She bought me a tapestry Boyd’s Bear jacket from the Danbury Mint I think it was – same place that made the tree so we got a mailing on it. Very different – but not worn it since working on site.

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      • Your mom got you a LOT of bear stuff. I hope that made up for not being able to have stuffed animals when you were little. My 6-year-old grandson calls them “stuffies”!

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      • Yes, she aimed to make it up to me Laurie and after she got the ball rolling on collecting the stuffed teddy bears, she often would quip “what was I thinking?” I did have a few I bought myself, that I thought were just plain cute, but she bought the majority of them which have encroached everywhere. “Stuffies” – I like that!

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  3. Love your memories! Can’t believe you ran a marathon without breakfast, haha!
    The only things I hang on to are the usual suspects: old photos, letters and my diaries.
    We live a minimalist life-style, but I still can’t get myself to purge these items.

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    • Good for you, Catrina. Running a marathon without breakfast is definitely not recommended! As I remember, they had some snack-y stuff at the starting line, so I didn’t really have a completely empty belly. I wouldn’t purge old photos, letters, or diaries either.

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  4. My wife and I are starting the process of making those decisions. There is something therapeutic about touching all your stuff. But the task can be daunting after years of accumulating. Our kids are out of the house, but all their stuff isn’t. Good memories don’t make the task any easier.

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    • Yes, it is a daunting task. That’s probably why we put it off for so long! We have some of our kids’ stuff still in the basememt too. Our youngest is 35. We gave them fair warning to get anything they wanted to save!

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  5. I have a number of objects that are special to me – my dad’s family Bible, my grandmother’s (I never knew her) china doll, items that dad painted when he was into rosemaling, a devotional given to me by a good friend who passed away two years ago from cancer, and a scarf another friend gave me after she visited the country of Georgia. I would feel awful if I lost any of those things, much like when you were robbed of your mom’s jewelry. While I don’t consider myself materialistic, there are those objects that have special meaning for all of us. I’m glad you have yours.

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  6. I was thinking yesterday about needing to start purging but I’m struggling with letting go of so many things that have memories! I’m a sentimental saver–if that makes sense. My husband is the guy who can’t throw anything away, because it might come in handy. He’s a carpenter by trade and if you could see our garage…lol

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    • My hubby is a sentimental saver too. And a non-sentimental saver. We found a Rubbermaid container with canceled checks from 1978! Our garage is next! πŸ™‚

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  7. Oh, what a poignant collection of memories, Laurie. I’m a pitcher as well, and you’ve sold me on the reasons for keeping some things. But I did laugh at your sample conversation, because we have collected a lot of ancient doohickeys in this home as well, and I am on a perpetual mission to lighten our load.

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  8. Loved this post, I love how you took your readers through this gentle, but emotional ride while talking about the things so close to your heart. I have a few things that I value a lot, maybe I’ll find the inspiration to write about them too, haha.
    I’m really sorry about the burglary, but when I read it – specifically the part where you discovered your Mom’s ring – I felt like it was a parallel to your Mom always being there in unexpected ways. After all, the people we love always live on in our hearts. ❀
    Lovely writing, and thank you for sharing this!

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  9. we recently had a small leak in our basement and had to go through 25 years of stuff. Many of our conversations were similar to yours. It’s crazy the stuff you find in there! I did love finding all of my kids’ projects and art work from childhood

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  10. I like objects and many have meanings for me. I’d say that some of the ones that I find most comforting are items I associate with certain people. Like some plates I inherited from my mother. Or a piece of furniture that used to be in my grandpa’s house. Or the engagement ring my husband gave me. Or the artwork we picked out together at an art show. Nothing of huge value, all replaceable, but still… they make me happy.

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  11. Well, I’m the saver in our household. The hubby? He’s the “stasher.” I save things (far too many) for their sentimental value; the hubby saves things he thinks he’ll “need” someday. We’ve been in our current house almost 18 years. We’ve done a lot of remodeling, including adding a big addition (which houses two additional bedrooms that the daughters acquired). If you do the math, that’s two “old” bedrooms, which have now become storage rooms. We need to downsize,just for the sake of forced purging….

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    • Ha! I think those are typical wife/husband roles. I do save things that have sentimental value to me. I still have a tissue paper flower one of my kids make when they were little and my youngest is 35! we are thinking about downsizing in the near future too.

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  12. I love this article, just read it after the STL party. One question: Do you only wear the Christmas socks at Christmas? They look really good. I am glad you found your Mom’s Mother’s ring and so sorry that other jewelry was stolen. Blessings, Michele

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  13. What a beautiful post. I realized that I hold on to a lot more things than I realized, though we have been doing a lot of purging lately from room to room. My mother passed away 2 years ago and she has this pearl necklace that she used to own that got passed down to me. It broke, but thankfully I was able to get it repaired and wear it on my wedding day, which meant so much to me.

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    • Thank you, Janelle. I am so sorry about your mom. It is hard to go through her possessions, I am sure. What a beautiful story about her pearl necklace. It was a good way to have your mom “there” on your wedding day!

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  14. We are also in the ongoing process of decluttering and have many times had to make hard decisions about what stays and what goes. I am the only girl child so I have my mother’s jewelry too. Although I don’t wear the pieces often, they mean the world to me. I love the idea of wearing something of hers when I attend an event or visit a location as a way of taking her along to places she’d enjoy. I’m so happy for you that you found her ring… that must have been a joyful discovery.

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  15. I probably hold onto way more things than I should. I have a small box full of papers, photos and mementos from high school and even a few things from grade school. I recently re-discovered that and thought I should get rid of the majority of things in it. With this extra time on my hands I’ve taken it upon myself to shred all of the papers in a file cabinet I no longer need, so I am at least making some progress.

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    • We found my hubby’s high school yearbook but not mine! We graduated the same year but not from the same school. Good for you! I found a container with canceled checks from 1978 in the basement. I did convince my hubby to shred them! πŸ™‚

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  16. I actually have a special item on display right now, an Easter bunny decoration that was my grandma’s. As a kid I loved seeing it at her house (its cotton tail was much fluffier back then) and it was passed to my mom when grandma passed away my freshman year of high school. When I moved out and was start to get decorations for my own house I asked mom if I could have the bunny. It makes me smile to know I’m the 3rd generation to have that bunny on display. I don’t plan to have kids so it will pass onto my nephew (or maybe a niece if my sister has a 2nd child) someday.

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  17. I loved reading about your special possessions. Especially the story about your mother’s ring. How amazing that it was somewhere else and not stolen! I tend to save things initially but then I’ll go through and do a big purge when I realize I have saved alot of stuff that I really dont need.

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    • I was so lucky the ring was not stolen with the rest of my mom and grandmom’s jewelry. I do periodic purges too. After the stuff builds up to the point where I can’t stand it!

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  18. Hi Laurie, My husband and I are constantly working on getting rid of β€œstuff.” Part of it has been the children storing things at our place. A few years ago they did do a final purge and retrieval of their β€œstuff.” Finding your Mom’s ring gave me goosebumps. Like you say, one of your most valued possessions. A huge wow on the significance and memory of your race shirt. I researched and wrote a post about whether objects contain energy after our trip to New Zealand last year. I was fascinated by the diverse comments on this subject. I also received some private emails that still give me goosebumps. A great, thought-provoking post, Laurie. You have inspired me to once again go through my stuff and decide on what to keep (oh, and what to toss or recycle….I almost forgot:)πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, our children stored things in our basement too, but most of the stuff was our own. We gave the kids fair warning, then pitched stuff they had stored here if we knew they didn’t want it anymore. Our youngest is 35. It’s time to clean up!

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  19. A pitcher or a hoarder (I changed your theme a little bit there). I’m a hoarder, to a point. Eventually, I get sick of looking at the stuff (8 or 9 years later) and I’ll pitch it. And every time I do, I need it a month later. On December 31, 2019 I threw out the boxes of N95 masks I bought at the start of the swine flu pandemic.

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  20. I’m so glad the ring was missed by the thieves. It’s a beautiful ring and must give you so much comfort.

    I want to do a big purge, but right now it feels so daunting. We have a lot of things like CDs and DVDs that are hard to just get rid of, but what’s the point of owning them anymore?

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    • I am glad too! I wear the ring when I want to bring “Mom” along to an event. We are empty nesters. We now have the time and the reason to purge. And, we still had cassette tapes in the basement! πŸ™‚

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  21. This is wonderful Laurie! I am more like you husband. I tend to save things for ‘one day.’ A lot of my art work around my home are school drawings from my kids I framed, or craft items my friends and family have made, and framed photographs of my travels. I like to look around my space and remember the people and places in my life.

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    • Thank you, Lynn. There certainly have been times when I have been glad my husband is a saver. We have needed some items I would have pitched! I have artwork from my kids still framed and sitting around our house too. All of your treasures have significance to you and that makes them valuable!

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  22. I am also not a saver, but there are several meaningful things that I would never willingly part with. One of them is my MiL’s mother’s ring. None of her children wanted it after she passed away, and I was thrilled to be the recipient. I also wear it when I want to “take her along” to family gatherings and I feel close to her when I have it on. Your story about your mother’s mother’s ring and your socks really spoke to me!

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  23. I just love this!!! I have some fuzzy socks that i take special care of myself for sentimental reasons.
    I am just heart broken you were robbed & lost so much but I’m sure that makes your moms ring even more special to you.
    & that Boston top – YES – that’s an accomplishment to be proud of & needs to have something to document your achievement!!!

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    • I was heartbroken too. I still get upset when I think about all of my mom’s and grandmom’s jewelry that was stolen. You are right – it does make the ring I have even more special!

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  24. I didn’t want this post to end, Laurie! I’m a BIG pitcher, myself…and I’ve rarely, if ever, regretted that. But I HAVE had a few chuckles at myself during this pandemic–all those ‘savers’ and ‘collectors’ are sitting pretty right now when one needs a small scrap of elastic, for example, or a square of oft-reused wrapping paper for a gift! Your story about your mom’s jewelry and the theft was a real punch in the gut. But then coming upon the ring in the basement? I can imagine the moment as though it were in a book or a movie! What a gift.

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    • You are so right, Carolyn. There have been times when I am glad I listened to my husband and hung onto something I was going to throw away. Thank you for your very kind comment! πŸ™‚

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  25. Hello, it is amazing how much you can collect over 30 years. We clean out a lot thinking we were moving a few years ago, donating a lot of items. It feels good to have less. I have a few pairs of the fuzzy socks, they feel nice on the feet. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy weekend ahead.

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  26. This could have been my post – well, except for the marathon πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing and bringing back memories and current ‘discussions’ of what stays and what goes πŸ™‚

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  27. I love the quote and post – some things accumulate and mean nothing really. Other things do help relieve the sadness of loss – time, place, person that are just a memory.

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  28. What a great post! I have my mom’s old wicker sewing basket. It’s falling apart and the decorative band she embroidered to go around it is filthy and moth eaten but it Always sat beside her chair, even years after she’d lost her sight and could no longer sew or knit. The basket is so ugly now but Mom’s essence is still in it and I treasure it. For my dad, I have two things. One is a Native American grinding stone that we found on a dig together (he was big into archaeology) and the other is his bong. LOL I know! It’s a long funny story and when we cleaned out his stuff, I just had to keep it.

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    • Thank you, Jeannie. I can understand why you would treasure your mom’s sewing basket and your dad’s grinding stone and bong! I would not throw away those items either.

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  29. Is it too soon to say I love you???
    I followed your link from your comment on my blog this morning and now I’ll follow your words. I relate to each one.
    We made a big move two years ago, it was just as you said in going through things… it’s a values lesson on what is important. I kept the oddest asst of unneeded things. We wish we’d moved more, and probably moved too much. Each time we picked up something sentimental, a wash of memory came over me. I’m the saver… but also a snap judger of what to let go of.
    When I saw your mom’s ring I instantly remembered when they were all the rage in the 70s
    your story of running the marathon is inspirational.
    LeeAnna at Not Afraid Of Color

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    • Haha! Thank you, Lee Anna! Not too soon at all.

      We are cleaning out our basement in anticipation of downsizing to a smaller house. It does make you evaluate what is important to you. The items that have sentimental value are worthwhile hanging onto, I think. but we had canceled checks in the basement from 1978 – it was time to let go of them!

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  30. I have objects like that as well. It was so sad this year as they cancelled the Boston Marathon because of the Corona Virus quarantine. I live on the north shore of Boston and remember the day of the bombing. We didn’t let that stop us from continuing the marathon the next year but the quarantine stopped it this year.

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    • Oh, I remember that day too! What a terrible thing. The marathon is supposed to happen in September this year. I doubt whether it will happen even then, but I have hope!

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  31. When we moved to Curaçao I got rid of a lot of what we had. But I did keep some things that had special meaning to me. A quilt made by a friend, that arrived at a time I needed some comfort, a little jar with sand from a very special place, some books that I cherish very much.
    When these things finally arrived (by ships – it took a month) and I could unpack them I felt so much more at home here…

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    • We are anticipating moving to a smaller house now that our kids have all moved out. Moving is a great motivator to evaluate what is important to you. I am happy you finally received the items that make you feel at home!

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  32. Wow. I wasn’t ready for your Number 2. I have so many emotions, ANGER that thieves have no clue about the real VALUE of what they steal; SADNESS at your loss; but also really glad you found that ring. And what a wonderful way to have her with you for special occasions. I haven’t had the courage yet to go through my mum’s things but when I do, I think a piece of a her jewellery would be a beautiful way to bring her along when I need her.

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    • So true, Shathiso. The jewelry was worth so much more to me than its monetary value. It was a link to my mother and grandmother. When you are ready, I hope you find something of meaning from your mom that will help keep her close.

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  33. When we bought our farm 19 years ago we “inherited” a lot of doohickeys in the barn. Whew! We have been cleaning out closets here and organizing. It leaves me with a satisfied feeling and I like staying busy. Thank you for linking up today and have a great weekend.

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  34. Our basement is a disaster. My hubby is a saver. I am a tosser.

    I have many things I do save. Gifts from some students. Awards from my races. And many more.

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  35. I have quite a few sentimental things, too. I smile when I think about how many Christmas seasons, I placed a styroform cup Christmas Snoopy on our mantel that our youngest son had made. He is a grandfather himself now so somewhere along the line, I put Snoopy to rest. πŸ™‚

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    • Those items made by our children (and grandchildren and great-grandchildren!)have so much more value than those things we buy. Gifts from the heart are priceless!

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  36. Great post Laurie! Hubby & I are the same he’s the saver & I’m the clearer! Lol!
    I’m glad you found your Mother’s ring after that horrific theft experience!

    My favorite things are those that have been given to me by my daughter’s & grandchildren. Their artworks, jewelry & gifts from their hearts πŸ˜€
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  37. Your relationship with your mom sounds so much like mine. My mom was my best friend for much of my life. I also received one of her mother’s rings. I don’t wear it–we had vastly different tastes in jewelry, and hers is a little gaudy to me. But I treasure it. How sweet that you found that particular ring and the thieves didn’t. I loved hearing about each of these.

    One of my treasures that I keep in a cabinet is a miniature basket of flowers with a teensy Boyd’s bear in it–I collected them for years. Right next to it is a paper dinosaur. One day years ago, one of my sons put the dinosaur right next to the little figurine on my windowsill, as if the dinosaur was after the bear. That was just such a boyish thing to do. πŸ™‚ I’ve kept them that way ever since, and it reminds me of raising my sons–those funny unexpected moments.

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    • You must miss your mom dearly too. I think about Mom often.

      Aww…your little bear-dinosaur scene sounds sweet! You are so right – what a boyish thing to do. Sons do give us those unexpected moments, don’t they?

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  38. I love to throw out old stuff and I do it regularly. I hate it when I need what I just threw out mere days after the garbage truck hauled it off; and unfortunately, that seems to happen often as well.

    I’m happy you still have your mom’s ring. Our home was broken in to when I was 7-months pregnant with our first son (my husband and I had both worked late that night and didn’t get home until 10 PM). They ransacked the place and took mostly TV’s and stereo equipment (and beer from the fridge). Fortunately, I had not inherited anything yet and was wearing my only valuable piece of jewelry at the time, my engagement ring.

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    • Ha! I can’t tell you how often I have wanted something back that I have just thrown away after not using it for years! Glad you didn’t have anything irreplaceable stolen. I was sick to lose my mom and grandmom’s jewelry!

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