For the past few months I have been decluttering my entire house. I have even begun to work on the attic boxes!! I know it sounds extreme but so is my ability to collect EVERYTHING!!!
I have always saved things, "just in case"- in case of what I don't know!!!
After visiting with one of my niece's on her 30th birthday, I realized that it was time to give her and her sister and brother their little memories that I had tucked away for them so long ago. They moved from here to the Houston area nearly 20 years ago, and I guess I have only recently realized that a tiny part of me kept hoping they would "come home". Silly, I know , but they were part of us and I just never really thought they would stay away. It was hard to lose them and harder still to grow so distant.
While we visited I told her I had a box of things for them so that I would not let myself out of it!
As I opened the trunk- a huge steamer trunk- I sorted through the dresses- none bigger than a size 3 or 4. The memories of them in those dresses were still vivid! They had been tossed out(I think by accident) and I rescued them from the trunk of my father in laws car.
Also in the trunk was Matt's thumb-sucking blankie- a tiny blankie with ears and a bunny face. He would twist and turn it while he sucked his thumb- I could still see him as a little baby boy.
I allowed myself to remember and think about it all- and then I put each one into the box and closed it.
I realized that I needed to let go of lots of things and this was only the beginning.
I hope they hold as many sweet memories of us all together as I do!
So here I go- letting go!!!!