Sunday, March 25, 2012

a piece of paper

wrapping paperThere are things that stay with us for years and years. This piece of paper wrapped a prayer book that my paternal grandmother gave me when I was about sixteen years old. I have lived at many more than ten residences since then and this piece of paper has stayed with me. The paper was old when it was gifted to me, in fact it was the very piece of paper that was used to wrap the book when it was originally gifted to my grandmother, so it had stayed with her for most of her life, that is until she passed it on to me.

As time marches on I find myself treasuring this fragile piece of paper more than the prayer book itself. I’m at a loss to explain why. It is not for any religious or philosophical reasons and it is not in anyway intended to be slight to the prayer book, I do treasure that as well, it is just that this piece of paper that moves from draw to shelf to draw to draw to box to shelf… makes me smile from the inside every time I accidentally stumble upon it.

Is there a piece of paper, or something similar, that follows you through life?

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  1. I occasionally come across things I've kept forever. I still have my student ID from high school, for some reason. I have piles of notes my husband left me in the mornings when we were first married, just little things like "have a great day, the coffee is in the pot." I have a small ceramic tile hanging from a hook in my bathroom that has hung in every bathroom I've had that's been my own. It's one of those blue & white tiles, I'm sure it's a style but I don't know the name, and shows two girls swinging a jump rope for a smaller, third girl. I probably do have something as meaningful as that piece of paper of yours, and I will think of it when I come across it some day, unexpectedly. :)

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  2. Love, love, love this story. But it does fill me with regret and frustration. I'm about to start another major declutter. I want to learn how to let go of things that I think are sentimental. I'm trying to decide whether it's the 'object' that is sentimental or whether it's just the memory.

    I have loads of sentimental things that make me smile. I make yoghurt in jars that used to be my grans. I have a knitted elephant gifted to me from my other grandmother when I was born. and to be honest I have boxes and cupboards full of other sentimental things. Perhaps I have to just choose?

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  3. That's so sweet Sally, I think it's lovely that you have carried this paper around with you all this time. I have lots of little things from my childhood, purely sentimental, like a little necklace with a bow pendant on it my father gave me when I was 8(he passed away when I was 18), so I really appreciate having kept it.

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  4. Yep - I have a lot of little treasures like that... weird and wonderful things like paper bags and locks of hair and a plaster cast from a childhood broken leg.... I've moved a LOT in my life, and these things always stay with me.

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  5. Sally this is such a beautiful post.
    I do have something similar. My two aunts gave me something for 30th birthday ( i can't even remember what- i think it was a CD voucher from my favourite record store) and it was wrapped in blue tissue with a bunch of lavender and so other flowers in a posy stuck to the front. I still have that, because I loved it so it sits on my mantle piece behind my salts and pepper collection. I think i also kept it as it is a reminder of how special they to me, e they weren't meant to get my anything once I got past 18 for my birthdays, but every year still manage to give me a wonderful present. And make me feel special .
    So i do I can't remember what it wrapped, but I totally get this post xo

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  8. Hello Saly,

    A wonderful post. I have lots of treasures like this, I still have my brist ever bank book!!!

    Happy Monday.
    Bev.xoxo

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  9. I have a crate that has a heap of clothing tags, bits of paper, concert tickets and stuff that I have been collecting since a left home. It really is quite bizarre I still have it because I am more of a de-clutterer- I am constantly giving things to the op shop or throwing things out.

    It might be because I only see it when I have locked my keys in the car (its the same crate I keep the spare in). I should check it out and see if I can do anything with all the bits.

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  10. I have a crate that has a heap of clothing tags, bits of paper, concert tickets and stuff that I have been collecting since a left home. It really is quite bizarre I still have it because I am more of a de-clutterer- I am constantly giving things to the op shop or throwing things out.

    It might be because I only see it when I have locked my keys in the car (its the same crate I keep the spare in). I should check it out and see if I can do anything with all the bits.

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