Wednesday, January 2, 2008

dusting off some memories

Yesterday Les and I spent some time going through boxes in the basement in the hopes of being able to part with some of their contents to create more space down there (I get overwhelmed every time I set foot in that over-crowded, unfinished basement).

We did manage to fill a large box with items to give away -- as well as making a fair-sized garbage pile with stuff that n-o-b-o-d-y would need or possibly want -- but most of the stuff was kept due to the emotional attachment that went along with it. I found myself taking a quick trip down memory lane with each item I picked up from inside the dusty old boxes.

1. My diaries from late elementary school through to senior high.

I wrote a lot of things down within those thousands and thousands of pages, and even though I didn't take the time to read any of them at that time, I have in the past re-read many entries and some of them came floating to the surface of my memory.

As most typical pre-teen and teenage girls, the majority of my entries were about boys (*sigh*). The loving, the losing and everything in between.

Maybe you don't know this about me, but while I am generally a person who is more on the shy side, I was very different when it came to members of the opposite sex and my interest in them. If I liked a boy -- he knew it! He may not have always known what to do about it, but he knew my intentions!

Maybe you also don't know this about me, but I was never very successful in my ventures. Don't get me wrong...the boys liked the attention. And most of the time they returned my flirtatious gestures. But that's usually where it ended. Oh, the adventures I had!

2. Pictures of friends.

I re-discovered pictures from when I was young and single (okay, I'm still young) and had a couple of photo shoots with two of my best friends. Pictures of Andrea and I in the park enjoying the beautiful fall weather, and pictures of Jackie and I in the S.N. ruins.

I look back at those photos and remember the wonderful sense of freedom that I had. The many, many times spent with these two good friends (and others!) laughing, eating, venting, crying --again, probably mostly over BOYS! Those were some of the best days of my life!

3. My scrapbook of my relationship with Les.

I bought a thick notebook shortly after we started hanging out and quickly filled up the pages with details of my dating experience with my future hubby. Everything from the first kiss to the first date (yes, the 1st kiss came first -- about a year and a half before the first date!), to the first fight, to the first 'meet the parents' experiences, the proposal and anything else you can possibly imagine. It's all in there -- along with movie stubs, romantic cards, words to songs that were meaningful to our relationship, etc.

I kept the scrapbook a secret and presented it to Les on our wedding day. I think some of the appreciation was lost on him, but it's still a treausured item that describes our special journey.

4. My box of wedding 'stuff.'

Ahh...the wedding. I kept my bridal magazines, my wedding organizer and other items as a reminder of the fun of preparing for the big day. I'm excited to one day -- a LONG time from now -- look through my wedding magazines with my daughters, alongside the then-current ones and laugh at how 'dorky' the styles were 'way back then' when I got married!

5. Cards from when the girls were born.

Definitely the most life-changing experiences of my entire life was giving birth to my two daughters. And seeing the huge stack of cards that we received for our firstborn really brought some of those feelings back to the surface.

There are a myriad of emotions that a woman goes through in the process of carrying, delivering and first bringing home a new baby and I went through all of them! Excitement, joy, stress, discomfort, excrutiating pain, exhaustion...and many more.

I love keeping things that hold special memories for me; even if it means that I still might feel a smidge overwhelmed when I walk down into my basement and see more boxes than what I would like.

And the next time I feel like it's time to go through boxes again in another attempt to clear things out...I'll have another opportunity to dust off some memories and take another trip down memory lane.


david santos said...

Hi Andrea!
Have a lovely, happy, healthy and successful 2008!

Jamie said...

Mark and I did that same purge a while ago--can you believe he actually convinced me to throw out some of those items you mentioned (namely some old diaries???) Oh, do I regret it!

I'm curious about the story behind that first kiss!

Great post!

Pam said...

I think I have those same boxes! Well, not the diary boxes because I didn't have one growing up...probably why I am so hooked on blogging now! but I have all the other is fun to look back from time to time!

Margo said...

Awww...makes me wish I'd kept more memorabilia. I do have some old "love notes" from high school which I pulled out when Jess had her first boy interest, in hopes that my "sharing" would prompt her to want to do the same. I also have a box of letters from Arn, since our first 6 months "together" were long distance. Those are keepers for sure!

I'd like to see that scrapbook sometime.

Kellan said...

I did this same thing recently- went through old yearbooks, photo albums, wedding pictures - it is so much fun to go back and look at our lives. Take care. Kellan

Leeann said...

How wonderful! I love looking back on things like that. Sadly, my family had a fire when I was 11, so I have nothing from before that and not much after that. (my family wasn't big on pictures or saving stuff) will be SUPER proud of me. I used your little picasa thing for my post for tomorrow. You'll have to come check it out! :)

Melanie said...

This is why I never do very well when I try to clean things out. I always end up sitting down with a pile of things to look through.

Anonymous said...

I want to know more about the first kiss coming before the first date!

I have boxes EVERYWHERE! LOL

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

Oh I just love going through old stuff. This summer while we were packing up and moving, I got to go through my memory trunk. I found my diaries, pictures from Gr. 8 (those won't ever surface again!), encouragement notes from Bible School, some compromising pictures of some of my friends (heheheh)...oh it was so good. I don't think you should ever get rid of that stuff.

Common Mom said...

I'm right there with ya - I keep EVERYTHING. My hubby and kids will definitely agree with me on that. We have scrapbooks up the wazoo and each person has their own Rubbermaids full of their "stuff" - how can you get rid of that stuff? I only hope that my kids will get such a kick out of looking at their baby stuff as I do. They already love their scrapbooks, so hopefully all of my work and storing isn't for nothing ;-) Happy 2008!

Rebecca said...

I've always wanted a house with a basement - finished off though, unfinished ones creep me out. It's fun going down memory lane. I have a storage tub of my own filled with childhood through high school memories and memorabilia from wedding planning. My hope is that most items (flat paper sort) will end up in a scrapbook but some items will stay in the tub. One tub isn't too much I don't think. The scrapbook of you & your hubby's dating story sounds like fun!