The objects have traveled from Georgia to North Carolina to Texas to Colorado.
Why keep these things?
Just holding one item can take me back to a very different time in my life. I purged some of the items in Texas, because I realized I didn't need a dozen bank boxes filled with documents and mementos to help me finish a memoir. I cut the boxes in half with my shredding and recycling efforts.
Some of the items I kept to spark a memory and to keep me focused include:
- Mail — my late husband Jimmy received a large assortment of cards and letters from friends and strangers. The strangers were primarily nice folks, but there were a few prison inmates in the box.
- Medical bills — the bills and the notes I scribbled on them tell the story of my struggle to keep track of insurance payments, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses for hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes and ambulances.
- Small items — toys and special gifts provided to Jimmy remind me of the people who loved him so much whether it was a special beaded cross or a bag of snowman poop. They are reminders that he was loved.