Sick senior ?!

Box of Alaska trip memorabiliaIt’s twelve noon and I just uttered the words “Oh God” (not meant as profanity, actually a prayer). I’ve been “downsizing” business receipts, bank statements, etc., all morning. Then I started the box labeled “Alaska trip.” It is so extremely difficult to sort through all this memorabilia!! pray-pleaseIt’s still too cold to be outdoors so the perfect opportunity to sort and discard. I’m requesting your prayers because (for me) it is more painful than surgery!! I’m not going to the CARE Center for lunch because this project (albeit harmless) has made me sick.

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Alaska trip pictures and brochurespostscriptPictures, journals, receipts, travel brochures… all going back into the box and the box will go into the dumpster. Look at the time stamps on the two pictures; I spent two hours sorting the material. Postcards were separated out and will be given to an individual or business that identifies themselves as a collector. ~~ This trip was made with a 1971 Dodge Explorer motorhome; I found my Canada Non-Resident Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card  (valid through September 13, 1979).

The Alaska Trip JournalSome day a granddaughter may read about my experiences via my several web sites. It would be music to my ears to hear her say (today) “I wish I could read about your trips as you documented them, in your own handwriting.” ~~ It breaks my heart that family is not interested in my memorabilia.

Triple bagged trash

2 comments on “Sick senior ?!

  1. Jimmie says:

    Over the years I threw away so many handwritten notes and letters from my mother-in-law. Now that she is gone, I wish I had saved them to remember her by. She was a poet and had beautiful handwriting.

    I know it’s a hard task. Better you now than some stranger after your gone.

    So sad that your kids want no part of your keepsakes.

    Hang in there and enjoy reminiscing your past travels and adventures!

    On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Three Quarters & Counting wrote:

    > Lorraine Edwards posted: “It’s twelve noon and I just uttered the words > “Oh God” (not meant as profanity, actually a prayer). I’ve been > “downsizing” business receipts, bank statements, etc., all morning. Then I > started the box labeled “Alaska trip.” It is so extremely difficult to” >

  2. Deb says:

    I think the current generation will get as much or more enjoyment out of the “digital” memories than the actual paper. And handwriting? Don’t even get me started with schools that don’t teach cursive anymore. Laptops, tablets, and phones they can use anywhere, they can see in vibrant color, they can share with other family or friends instantly. The other thing to remember is that it’s “your” memorabilia, and not theirs…they have no memories attached to the paper. I liken it to a man saving his childhood baseball card or postage stamp collection that he started with his father to give to his son many years later…the son has no idea who those players are from years ago, he never collected cards or stamps himself, and has no emotional attachment to what went into gathering the collection..he’s not going to care about it like his father. I think Jimmie made an excellent point about it being better you than a stranger…and I think it’s great that you have the ability to preserve the memories in more space saving ways.

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