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Too Sentimental ??

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GinN

GinN Report 26 Jan 2013 18:08

I've started to clear out my Dad's apartment, and have found their Diamond Wedding cards, so I will definitely treasure those.
The only cards I have kept are my wedding cards, and still have all letters from my Hubby before we were married - it was largely a long distance courtship.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 17:56

very hard Liz - we never ever got on and now don't speak at all - my whole world was turned upside down and was never the same again - not my sister's fault of course, but she didn't make it easy - whereas I was always good [trying to to sound smug here] and always did as I was told and treasured my dolls and books, she was the opposite - so naughty, destroyed my treasured belongings - very hard to like her

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 26 Jan 2013 17:41

Me too, I have loads of cards and sentimental stuff. I brought a lot back form my Mum's after she died and found amongst the things, the Parish magazine showing her and Dad's wedding details, which showed me I had been wrong thinking she was married from the church she went to Sunday School at, I hadn't realised she was married from my aunt's after leaving home to go in the Land Army and her father moving into lodgings.

I have all the cards my son has ever sent me, nearly 30 yrs worth and many other things too. Even some letters I wrote my Mum and Dad when I lived away from home.

Ann, it must have been hard for you to see your Mum with the new baby.

I was left at my aunt's home when Mum went into labour with my brother. She told me years on that I broke her heart, sitting on my potty (I was only just 2) and saying Poor Bizzy hasn't got a Mummy now ( I couldn't pronounce Elizabeth lol) I am sure my aunt gave me lots of love and affection, she was more like a Grandma as my Gran had died way before I was born but I obviously didn't understand where my Mum had gone even tho I think we were living at aunt's at the time before we were allocated a council house a few weeks later..

Lizx

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 17:31

Think ZZzzz words sums it up.

Carol :-(

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 17:17

of course - always good me!!!!!

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 17:11

What lovely stories from you all, makes me wish I had even more than I've got

Lovely story too AnnC with your letters. Hope you've been a good girl ever since :-D
I love to see my mums handwriting too :-)

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 16:30

I treasure a lovely letter my Mum wrote to me not long before she died - she told me how proud she was of me and how proud my Dad was too!!!

Also have a letter I wrote to Mum when I was seven - she was due to give birth to my sister so I was sent to live with an aunt and uncle for two weeks - they should not have sent me away really, wrong thing to do - the letter is heartbreaking - I start off with "to darling Mummy" and ask "Will Daddy come to see me this weekend" and also say "Auntie Emmy has not had to smack me since I've been here as I've been very good"

to go home at last and rush upstairs to see my Mum and find her in bed breast feeding my new sister was horrendous - I just turned tail and ran out of the room

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 26 Jan 2013 15:53

I wish I had kept mine and some inherited ones, but alas I threw them away, much against my better judgement at the time, but Hubby said they are junk and not to leave them for our son to have to go through and chuck, or not.

I bitterly regret that now.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2013 15:34

My OH says if I go before him he is hiring a skip. :-D

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 15:30

Its lovely reading all your collections of memories
I have also got a cupboard full of my mums ornaments etc and some out on show.
I am still using some of her kitchen equipment. Bought an all dancing all singing grater but its at the back of the cupboard as I still use her old one and she died in 1983.
.Its just the way it is. Every now and again I say right! I am having a clear out, get it all out and then put it all back. My OH says if you dont want to part with it all then dont.
He might have a moan if he is the one left to get rid of it all :-) :-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2013 15:24

I have a couple of the old type scrap books, in one all our wedding cards, in the other all the birth congrats cards for our two children. I also have a large pile of cards from me to him and him to me, I also have some of the Mothers day, Nana and granddad cards we have received. I keep some bin some but don't keep any other than ours to each other and from children/grandchildren. I have a few of my own first birthday cards (Oh forgot engagement cards and letters from my Grandmother and aunt). I also have a few retirement cards and cards for when I left my work in Bedfordshire and moved her and when I left one department here and went to another. Yep, a lot of cards, mostly in an old cabin trunk. But when all is said and done the kids will just put them in the recycling, although I bet they won't resist reading them first.

I have one letter written to my Mum by my Dad when he was away for over a year in the RN. Love the way he starts it "My darling girl" so 30s! :-) :-)

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 15:16

have my retirement cards, my son's christening cards, 21st birthday keys, stack of postcards going back over fifty years - from family members and a pile from my Dad when he went on a trip round the UK - also one from my Dad's brother who ws killed in WW1 - he wrote a card to his Mum [my gran] and signed it "your loving son, Jack - few years later he was shot in a field in France

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 14:53

How can one be expected to remember all the lovely things from family and friends from years ago. I open a card and it all comes back.

The other day at a neighbours, she showed me letters from her dad that he sent to her and her mum during the war. The writing was so tiny and she explained that all letters were photographed then reduced in size to aid the postage from Cairo. How fab was that :-D

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Jan 2013 14:51

How sad that it sits on the floor,its got a lot of History with it no doubt,check it out and see if it has a "French Movement" and get it working and placed in a nice spot.you never know,you may come to like its comforting tick or sound of the chimes(If it hs them. :-D :-D :-D

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 14:48

All well and good Merlin, but what if they are letters or items that grandparents you never had the chance to know left, suppose it depends just how sentimental one is.

Carol :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 26 Jan 2013 14:45


Barbara, by now you will realise that you are not alone....we all hang on to things which carry meaning and sentiments for us. (Carol I am in the same boat as you, having inherited from a hoarder!)

Amongst the tons of stuff I inherited includes my g.grandparents parlour clock. It is a big heavy thing which I can hardly lift and it now lives on the floor of my lounge behind the settee!
It's not valuable and it's not beautufl, but to me it is a treasure which holds many lovely memories. It sat on my grandmother's mantlepiece for as long as I can remember - how could I part with it?

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Jan 2013 14:43

They,re only Cardboard Etc Barbs, Remembering the folk who sent them is better,especially toasting them with a glass of malt. :-D :-D ;-)

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 26 Jan 2013 14:40

Lol I am not alone then, problem is my Mother did the same & I was the one left to clear her papers etc , I could not throw letters from her brothers during ww2, news paper cuttings relating to family or happenings in the village, I did give my sisters the cards/letters they had given her, but otherwise they have joined mine. I now have a cupboard full.

:-D

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 14:39

Oh no Merlin dont say that

I also have a shredder just for unloved stuff ie bills etc.
After they are paid of course ;-)

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Jan 2013 14:35

I,ve got a "Shredder" works well and the remains make good kindling for the fire. :-D :-D