Friday, August 6, 2010
FF: For Keeps
I'm fascinated by the little details of peoples' lives - bedtime routine, breakfast preferences, pet peeves, daily rituals...it's all quite indicative and fascinating to me.
I am also intrigued by the things people hang on to, the way seemingly insignificant things take on great meaning.
In my purse I have a small, folded piece of paper from Plano Florist. I've been carrying it for two years now. It was delivered to my door in a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers just after I gave birth to Lily. It says:
I'm confident our first granddaughter will bring us as much joy as her mother. I'm proud of you. Love, Dad
My dad's not an overly-demonstrative fellow; I like carrying a little reminder of his affection with me. In all my purse purging, I've never been able to part with it. I can't imagine I ever will (on purpose, anyway).
Other things I can't get rid of:
the blankie I slept with for the first 20 years of my life
the anthologies from my college lit courses, the papers I wrote in my freshman writing class and all the notes I took in my church history class
the license plates from my first car
2 photos that would have gone out with the wedding announcements had I not called off my first engagement
What are you holding on to?
Are there things you wish you would have saved but didn't?