Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When do you stop caring? I asked myself that question this past weekend, as I prepared for the once a year community garage sale we hold in our area. I was amazed at all the stuff I pulled out from closets, beneath beds and in cupboards. Not junk. Just stuff I'd accumulated over the years and couldn't part with because of the memories they held.

Almost everything had a story behind it. This music box belonged to my grandmother, my Mom made this Christmas wall hanging, I bought this violin for my Dad and when he passed away I got it back. Some items were left over from my first marriage that I just liked. When do you say enough is enough? It's time to get rid of them? What good are they doing hidden away year after year? It's not a matter of, I might need this some day, these were things that reminded me of the people I loved.

I made good money during the 5 hours the sale went on. But as each dusty item went bye bye a little piece of my heart went with it. It's hard letting go. But I think we hold on to things because they meant something to someone else.


June M. said...

I have always been bad about collecting and keeping things because they reminded me of someone special. But lately I have started to realize that the memories stay in my head and heart, even if I don't keep all the stuff, which is usually boxed up somewhere in a closet or something anyway.

Sex Between the Covers said...

Yes! You are so right June. The memories are still in my head and heart even thought the things are gone now.

Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie aka Tory...I'm one of the world's worse about holding onto things because of nostalgia. The things I keep All have a story.

What I've been trying to do is use or display meaningful items and to pass on those I don't have room to put out. I know I can hold on to the memories but when you're old there are just soooo many of them that it's not easy at all;) ~Nancy