I am a very nostalgic person. I like holding onto mementos. I have held onto a small box for over 20 years that holds my high school facebook. It was literally a small book that had our face photos so that we would know who was who. I went to boarding school. It was a good thing to be able to recognize each other.
Nonetheless, I can also very easily discard many items and not look back. I’m a non-sentimental sentimalist. Is that such a thing? Hey, I’m an extroverted introvert so any such term is fair game.
This weekend, I was busy yet again trying to get rid of many things as possible. Before I put things out on the street, with a free sign, I tend to offer my items to colleagues. This time someone took me up on my offer. Which thrilled me but also made me sad.
They took me up on my offer of my son’s baby dresser. He is now ten. I held onto this for a long time. I always found some use for it. At first it was clothes. Then I stored toys. Then my nieces used it for shoes. Now, I must part with it.
I am starting to let go of some of his baby stuff. And, this is a big step for me. A really big one as I have mightily resisted this.
At some point, he will grow up right? Yes. Yes, he will. And, I have to be cool with it. Well, I don’t have to. But it will happen anyway.