Alright, so after taking a look at the results of the poll in the previous post, I would like to thank all of you for your vote of confidence in my parenting skills. No, I didn’t tell Violet a spider was going to get her, the fish is still alive (because he’s a beta and that’s just what they do–fed or not), and I can’t let Henry run around nekkid because he pees on cue. The cue being no diaper. Not convenient.
So anyway, through the process of elimination you may have assumed by now that the thing that I do sometimes is throw away priceless keepsakes like Violet’s art. I do keep some things, just not most of it. I try not to collect stuff to form memories around, because that same stuff only complicates the present with clutter. I literally have a few journals from my childhood and teen years–nothing else. Sometimes I wish I had saved more things, but then I remember that 99% of the time that memorabilia just ends up in a box somewhere collecting space and dust.
So here’s my rules for storing memories:
keep journals/some drawings
take your vitamins and exercise to keep your brain healthy so you can remember your memories
spend time with people, not stuff about people.