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Collecting

When you were young, did you find yourself intrigued with music boxes, thimbles, or pins? Or did you think ceramic figurines, weaved baskets, or handcrafted wood items were the sparkle that grabbed your attention? Stamps of any kind, baseball cards, or currency from around the world, old and new could be your choice. Any one of these would be a wonderful collection if kept throughout your life.

Collect moments, not things.

I came across this popular quote and thought about it. I could even hold a debate for both sides of this opinion. The funny thing is…moments are within the things. For most of the items I’ve collected, they bring back memories of the most cherished moments of my life.

You spend the first part of your life collecting things, and the second half getting rid of them.

The decision to let go happens when you move, or when you downsize or realize “stuff” is simply overwhelming. The items are over fifty years old—antiques! Another obstacle to weave through, because it’s not as easy as taking it to your local thrift store or woman’s shelter, now it becomes a timely task of seeing if you have kept a treasure or is it simply your own memory wealth and everyone else’s junk?

From early years to recent times, a smaller assortment of my treasures will be kept and displayed throughout my house. These trinkets are a part of my story—my life, my path. They tell my story and bring back so many wonderful memories of the moments I have collected.

What have you collected? What are the trinkets that put your story together? No matter what they are … I bet the memory is a treasure!

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