It can be so difficult to get rid of the silliest things. I can be so sentimental. In recently years I have been attempting to keep things simper and more manageable. Consequently, I have had to get rid of some special trinkets that have been kept around for a very long time. I could very easily become a hoarder, you know. There are two things in my home that I love very dearly, my tea pot and a flower vase, both are wedding gifts. A few times, my husband has greeted me at the door with, “Karen, I am sorry, something broke”. My first reply is, “is it my tea pot, vase?”. “No? Then it doesn’t matter” But what am I going to do when the tea pot or the vase is broken? I have two girls who drink tea like a little granny’s. One day I know it will break and I braced myself for that moment. Until now, it dawned on me. (I know I am slow to figure things out) There are many beautiful tea pots and vases in the stores, some even more beautiful than mine, if mine was to break I could choose a different one to enjoy for a while this way i get to enjoy more beautiful trinkets, but one at a time…. So I am free of my favorite things, but what about my sentimental things?
These two mugs have been hanging around for a while the, “Big Hug Mug” has been moved across the country twice! It came from my dad. He gave it to me during a time in my life I felt most alone and protective of myself. It was not a birthday or anything he just came home one day, gave it to me and said, “I love you”. I have kept it for that reason. The other mug,” #1 Mommy” was given to me after Sunshine was born. I held that mug for dear life the first year of her life, as I struggled with my insecurities and hormones, (gotta love those chemicals). But those moments are over too they are memories in my mind, not realities for today. I don’t need my dad’s mug to remind me I am loved and I don’t need my mommy mug to convince me I am a good mom. So I am free, well of these things, I am sure I will find more stuff to get rid of and to be honest I look forward to finding it. What are some things that you have kept for a long time and had a hard time giving it up? Did you give it away? What convinced you to give it away? I would love to hear about it so when I come across a treasure I might be convinced by your logic before storing it for another 10 years! My time does fly.