Wednesday, May 18, 2005
When Evan was in kindergarten he made me a necklace. The picture above isn't the necklace that Evan made, although I am sure his looked just like this. This is what it said on the other side.
It says "Jack". I noticed that I have had this necklace for 15 years. In my old house it hung in my bedroom. In this house it is hanging off a lightswitch in an extra bedroom. The thing that is weird about this is A) My son's name is not Jack it is Evan and B) I have kept this all these years. Evan told me that Jacks mom had died and the necklace needed a mom to keep it. Evan was a liar. Evan just didn't bring the right necklace home. The Evan necklace never made it home. Then again, maybe Evan wasn't lying. THAT is why I have kept this all these years. For one it reminds me of Evan, and secondly who knows, maybe Jack needed a mom to keep it.
So I am sentimental but as I look around the house I notice that I may be over the edge with it. Exhibit B
Above is a Eddie Haskel fan club t-shirt that a group of guy friends gave me when I was 16. They told me that I was the only chick that had one. I never understood that. I would assume that normal guys wouldn't want to walk around wearing Eddie Haskel on their chest. They weren't normal though. I still have this shirt. It is smashed in a drawer but I have kept it since I was 16. We won't drag out all the t-shirts that I have kept but lets leave it to say that I have a Mephistophales tee that my brother gave me when I was 13.
Daughters t-shirt from high school. She was the class of 2000.
Sons t-shirt from friggin pre-school
This may be the oddest and yet it means everthing to me. It is my grandmothers housecoat that I keep in my closet. My grandmother died over 20 years ago. I still want it near me.
What I have noticed through all of this is that what I keep for the most part is textiles. They bring back memories and I feel like they have a life of their own. Now, I can't decide what is worse, my yarn problem or the crap I am accumulating in the name of nostalgia.