A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Keepsakes (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
Most of us have a least a few keepsakes from our past. These items might have sentimental value attached to a time, a place, or a special person. Some keepsakes can even become valuable collectors items.
My keepsakes include a few knickknacks, postcards, letters, and paper items such as brochures. There are a few that I have on display while most are stored away in boxes or storage drawers. Those who might be unaware of the personal value these keepsakes have for me might consider my accumulation clutter, but they are important to me.
Some of the things that I've kept I can hold in my hands and look at to take me to a time in my past. Rarely do I run across any of my kept items and forget where it came from or why I have it. After I've left this earth perhaps my children will discard these items as junk. After all, little of any of it actually has much if any monetary value.
We tend to keep things for the memories that we attach to them. These memories can be important when writing memoir. Undoubtedly there will be times in the future where I'll dig out old items that I've hung onto and let the memories prompt my writing. Keepsakes can have great value to us individually yet seem meaningless to the unknowing person who sees them as something merely to throw away.
Do you have a special place where you keep things of personal sentimental value? What kinds of things do you have that you would call "keepsakes"? Have you made any provision for your keepsakes after you've left this earth?