Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A trip down memory lane

My parents are building a new house and therefore have the need to get out all the extra boxes in their current house. Some of those boxes belong to me. Most of them consist of happenings previous my first year of college. I have put a few things in them, but mom has contributed the most.

Two months ago these boxes decided to descend upon our household via my parents. I tucked them away in the garage and promised myself to go through them before year end. Well, we are having a garage sale in 2 weeks and there is a need for space and a HUGE need to get rid of extra clutter. So today I embarked on the journey to unload the boxes full of.....JUNK!

Well not all of it is junk, but most. For some reason, long ago, I decided to save every card from birthday's, graduation, and confirmation. What? Why did I think I was going to want to read through this 50 years from the date they were written? So I sat, shaking my head at myself, filling up the recycle bin.

There were lots of pictures. Most I will be burning for fear of my girls seeing them. One is a photo album that Michelle and I will be burning together in August when I'm up in Bellingham. Looking through them, it didn't feel like looking at me. It felt like looking at a woman who was insecure, lost, and hungering for the wrong attention.

There were baseball uniforms, piano books, report cards, awards and medals from piano and baseball, toys, pottery (I loved pottery in high school), and teeth. Yep, you read it right, I saved my pulled teeth (I had 12 teeth pulled before I was 9 - I hate the dentist). WHY ON EARTH did I save my teeth? Gross! I obviously put them in the garbage.

It was a humorous day for me and pretty enlightening for Dave. He now wonders who this girl was before he met me.

Here are a few of my favorite findings.

The cabbage patch doll. My first. Wally was his name and I think he had the same birthday as me. I also found his birth certificate. He has a hole in his mouth for his Binky. I wish I had it for Eloise.

My Kappa Alpha Theta beer mug. Dave is planning on using it for coffee. It makes me nauseous just looking at it.

And my favorite. Dave modeling a few of my favorite baseball shirts. He is so sad that he can't fit into them. But I will give him props for being able to "fit" into them. He's lost 30 lbs and I know he wouldn't have been able to wear them before.

I have to say, I'm not sad to see most of these memories go.


Anonymous said...

This is an official request to see Dave in his I Love Track Housing t-shirt while wearing his citrus boot.

Cutzi said...

Wow! I have to say that Dave is looking great! Granted, I haven't seen him for a good seven or eight years but I wouldn't have recognized him. And I've been watching your W.W. counter. Good job to both of you!

RachelC said...

Ah, memories. Every once in a while I go through those dreaded boxes and get rid of more and more. Yup, I have all the cards too!

I think I may have an extra CPK binky ...

Jenny said...

AH yes...My box of "junk" is still at my parents house. I bet mine has teeth in it too. HA
I also saved ALL of my cards too until finally a few years ago I decided to throw them all away and stop keeping them. I'm not sure if my box has any cards though.

Hey thanks for understanding about last night. Did you get pizza for dinner? Funny thing was I was going to make a BBQ Chicken pizza and a salad for you last night. So either way you would have gotten pizza. ;o)

TcH said...

I can't believe you aren't sad to see that stuff go. I guess I am a total sap. I would have been sad
Wally is quite the looker. I like is little terry cloth outfit. hee hee
Oh and I can't believe you had a beer stein. Does that mean you *gasp* drank beer??? : -)

Jodi said...

Hee hee. My Cabbage Patch doll's name was Angel Cake. However, that was not the name given to her at birth. I came up with that one myself. I also had a pink teddy bear named Jessica Bear Pink.

Thanks for your sweet message today. I really appreciated it. :)

kate said...

teresa - not sad at all. I'm the opposite of a pack rat. I HATE clutter and LOVE to throw things out. Sometimes I kick myself for it. I'll have to share some college stories with you someday.
jenny - no worries - yes pizza and it was great!
rachel - I'd love to get my hands on that binki.
ian - I asked dave to model and he's all up for it!