MY MOM IS A PACKRAT, a saver, a keeper.
Many, many times I’ve bemoaned her saving of Styrofoam meat trays, shoeboxes, twisty ties, bread bags and other such trashable or recyclable stuff. Why does she keep this, I wonder, and then answer my own question. She lived during The Depression. She understands the meaning of “Waste not, want not” and “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
I’ll never change her ways, so it’s best, for the most part, simply to accept that she will save anything and everything.
And sometimes I’m glad she does because I’ve come to appreciate links to the past, like the valentines she displays each year in her living room.
Aren’t they beautiful? I can’t even begin to compare the valentines of today to the valentines of yesteryear.
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