The other day I came across some really cute notes and writings from my daughter Grace. Reading them made me nostalgic for her childhood. They reminded me of how loving, giving and sensitive she was — and still is. Not to mention creative. I found the writings and drawings under piles of papers at my job. That means I was so touched by them years ago that I took them to work to share with my colleagues. I am so glad that I did not throw them out.

Now I will admit, I have gotten rid of a lot of their things (even some of the Mother’s Day gifts they made in school). We can’t keep everything, although my grandmother kept everything of my father’s. I have every report card of his from nursery school through college. I have all of my kids’ report cards, too, but they are scattered in various places around the house.

Some of you are much more organized than me. I will hang on to things I know are important to them, but I just stash somewhere only to find them later, surprised when they turn up in the most unlikely of places.

The things I think worth saving are the ones that tell a family story or how they were feeling at a particular time or how they felt about a special person in their life. I have come across a lot of drawings that Paige has made a picture of her grandfather and herself and she writes how much she loves him and why. That is special, because he died when she was in kindergarten. But she remembers a great deal about the times she spent with him. It makes me happy to show her those drawings and reminisce.

I have a mobile in my kitchen that I cannot part with that Paige made. It says she loves me.

Grace has many letters to her sister saying she is sorry for this and that. When they get into an argument these days I text them a picture of the letter.

We can’t keep everything, but think twice before you throw it out.


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