Monday, October 5, 2009

Attic treasures

In a post last week, I explained why Julia and I were prompted to clean out our attic.  I'll spare you the stinky details but you can read about it here if you really want to know.  The up side to that adventure was that we decided to remove everything from the attic, sort it into keep, sell, and toss piles and thoroughly clean the attic before putting things back.  Did I say that was the up side?  There's really never going to be a up side to having to completely clean out your attic.  What I meant was that there was ultimately a benefit to all of this work. 

We've lived in this house for 24 years, since our sons were 1 and 4 years old.  Among the items stored in the attic were some of their childhood toys, clothing and furniture and pulling everything out  was like opening a time capsule for us.  Many of the items we unpacked were things I had not seen for more than 20 years!  We're really not pack rats and were judicious in the childhood items that we had kept, saving only those things that we thought held the most memories and would be most likely to be something that they would appreciate as adults or as parents themselves one day.  The antique iron baby bed that both of them slept in, a wooden rocking horse, trains, and some clothing were among the items that we had chosen to keep.  Each of them brought back a flood of memories for us and we were thankful that we had saved them. 

I'm equally thankful that we did not try to keep many of the other items from their childhood.  It would have been a shame to have had many usable things stored away in an attic when they could have been put to use by another family.  I hope that Zack & Peter can appreciate the things that they shared with other kids as much as the select ones that we saved for them and their kids to share one day. 

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