My daughter comes home from daycare with piles of "stuff" every week. I posed a question about my dilemma about what to do with it all here, please feel free to chime in with your suggestions. Naturally because I am plagued by neurosis, I wonder if my lack of attachment to every piece of "art" is a sign that I am just not sentimental enough to be a good mom?
I have ONE toy from my childhood that I kept, and that's more because my family insisted that it was my very favourite thing in the whole world in my younger years. Truth be told, that old teddy bear is ratty and I'm really tempted to throw it out. My own childhood artwork is long gone, and I still manage to function in the adult world. Pictures? I'm thinking about tossing all of my old 4x6" prints because I haven't looked at them in years. My mom is hanging on to a piece of furniture for me because it was the first one she ever purchased with my dad. "Some day you might want it!" Um, no. Not now, not ever.
I wonder if it's genetic? I certainly didn't get it from my mom's side. Those people keep absolutely EVERYTHING. Maybe that explains why I keep absolutely NOTHING? I don't know. I do know that when my daughter's stuffed animals get too gross to look at or her pile of daycare artwork gets in my way a little too often, it's likely to find its way to the bin under cover of darkness. I just hope she can find it in her heart to forgive me for destroying her treasures.
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