I Did Not Throw It Away
There are many personality tests out there, while there are some discrepancies in their description, one trait is consistent in all the results. I’m a sentimental person. I love keeping little stuff to remind me of various ones and events. Ceteris Paribus, I would have drawers and cabinets filled with boxes of cards, notes, wrapping papers, cinema tickets, receipts, etc.
Alas! I married a very practical man, who doesn’t keep anything. There are no autograph books, no school mags, no photo albums. So you can imagine, there was no way I could keep my growing collection of memories.When we got married, I started downsizing these memories and I threw EVERYTHING away, except for some stuff which I kept safe hidden with our family documents.
I can’t recall how I decided what to keep and what to throw, but look at what I kept!
1. My Kindergarten Report Card, 1980
I know many have kept their Primary School report books, but I have this classic card which shows academics was very important then too. I was a B-grader at 5 yr old! hahahaha!
2. My First Diary, written in 1983
Ms. Ang, my English teacher told us to write one entry a week, and it had to be handed in for marking. As I read it now, I cringe at the grammar.. hahaha but now I remember some stuff that happened that year! Check out some of my entries:
Sounds like HFMD?
3. Class Magazine, typed out and photocopied, 1987
My class decided to put together a class magazine. It was quite a feat considering the boys hated the girls’ guts, and the girls found them all immature. The 40 of us put together this magazine of mish-mash topics. I flipped through and found myself smiling and chuckling to myself.
And the one article I found most interesting was WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SEX? (I’ve to protect my classmates’ privacy, thus the photo effect!) Clearly, there were some of us who had the Birds & Bees talk with our parents at 12, and some who tried to act cool, and some who were just truly just enjoying childhood. 🙂
4. Personal Magazine, 1988
I’m not sure what to call this. There were 7 of us who were really good friends in school. We had recess together, hung out at Macs after school, and met BOYS. I don’t remember the origins of this, but we put together a ‘magazine’, all handwritten, and it was filled with topics that were close to our hearts then.
Stuff like, Favourite love songs with amended lyrics, Dirty Jokes, Survey on what we thought of each other, and Survey on what the boys we knew thought of us! (GASP!) So you can imagine the sensitivity of the contents in this magazine! Here’s a glimpse of what was in it:
And there you have it, the things I keep that somewhat define me. I don’t think I would throw them, they are really very precious and in some way, embarrassing memories that I would eventually show my kids!
This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “I Didn’t Throw It Away”.
We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn’t throw them away.
Tomorrow Mrs Kam, who blogs at The Kam Family will share with you her very precious childhood and growing up photos!
Wow, you still have your kindergarden report card! High 5, I am also a sentimental person, after marrying to a practical man, I have to downsize my collection.
My Mom gave me a whole box of stuff like this. It is fun to look at it an remember.
Oh my goodness, I love how you save things and I am sure your loved ones will too. We are a military family and move often and often leave things behind and down size and it has helped me let go of my attachment to things but still… there are times I wish I saved more items attached to memories!
I recently found my high school diary and died laughing. I reme breed the code and everything!
Pretty awesome! I loooove keeping everything of sentimental value. Sometimes it gets to be too much and I have to purge things, but most of the time it’s saved. 🙂
Unfortunately, most of my childhood favorites were lost, and I think that is what often fuels my decision to keep many of my son’s things for his future reference.
I just realised my comment didn’t go through so trying again!! I kept a few of my diaries from when I was younger and love reading through them. It gives me laughs when I read the entries, and of course, brings back memories!! Thank you for joining the blog train.
I keep everything and it’s my downfall. I just always think that things may serve a purpose down the road. In your case, I think you saved stuff that was totally worth saving! It’s fun to have those pieces of your past.
Those entries you wrote are priceless. I’m glad you kept them to enjoy now!
I think things that you are still keeping are priceless! You can write since young;)!!!
I have been keeping SO much stuff from my kids and recently I thought it was a bit too much. This post makes me realize I’m not crazy and I need to HOARD IT ALL for them! lol. I would LOVE to read stuff like this from my childhood but I have nothing.
How fun that you still have those. I have a couple diaries from when I was a teen. They are not as cute.
How neat to go back and look through all those things again! I don’t have many tangible objects from my childhood, but I do have a drawing that I made for my Mom when I was in Kindergarten. I think because I didn’t keep much of my own, I have hoarded all of the things from our daughter’s school days, I have a big container full of that stuff!
I haven’t personally saved treasures like that from my childhood, but my mom did and she has since given them to me. Very fun stuff to have!