Memory Hoarders

3 Aug

Three weeks ago our 25-year-old water heater took it’s final gasp, belched forth tepid water for the final time & we were forced to get a new one. That meant we had to get stuff out of the very deep closet it was in so the plumbing guy could maneuver around in there to replace it. FINALLY today we had time to go through junk that use to be treasures & toss it out so we could get the closet & laundry room back to normal; a place where clothes can be washed without the likelihood of breaking an ankle tripping over old brief cases, boxes of pictures & stacks of ancient newsletters.

I hated tossing out stuff that use to mean so much … including club newsletters from the mid-80s; examples of our talent & humor in homemade magazines that won awards back in the day.  Those creative newsletters once shouted to anyone who would take the time to read them of the personalities who put them together & somehow changed the galaxy. I would have kept most of it had there been a place to store it. We did save priceless pictures of us & our friends when we were thinner, younger & maybe even funnier, but never more creative.

As I tossed stuff in a huge garbage bag I realized it was only reminders.  The “life” of that stuff will live forever in our heads.  But I still told Willy it was the end of an era. He said it was our lives but we tossed it anyway.

We don’t want to become hoarders…..


8 Responses to “Memory Hoarders”

  1. Anthony Moshonas August 3, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I’m in the same boat Linda…but..I have a long way to go……:)


    • heimdalco August 3, 2014 at 2:02 am #

      Hard to get rid of stuff, Tony, You have to be brutal …Good luck & I’ll see you at the dump.


  2. Willy August 3, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    We saved some special things we created, but mostly the end results (the completed newsletters) were saved. We tossed the memories of clipping almost ANYTHING that had a clear font and the possibility of making something funny in the newsletter. Today I use Photoshop to do ALMOST the same thing … but it was the getting together with the newsletter staff on production day I missed the most.


    • heimdalco August 3, 2014 at 4:09 am #

      Going through all that stuff today brought back those memories … the camaraderie, the friendship, the goofiness & the smell of rubber cement. NOTHING can replace those & I’m forever glad we have them stored in our memory banks.


  3. writersbridgebridgebuilder August 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Hi, Linda:

    Could I post this on The Writers’ Bridge Facebook page?

    Best, Darrell

    Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:20:44 +0000 To:


    • heimdalco August 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Hey, Darrell, would be pleased for you to post it on the Writer’s Bridge Facebook page. Thank You!

      Hope all is good with you & Gail.



  4. Ellen DeLuca August 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Poignant! I enjoyed it. Went to a writers’ conference this weekend and thought of you. Lunch soon!


    • heimdalco August 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      Thank you, Ellen. Lunch soon or “Lynchburg Live,” whichever comes first … I will see you soon.


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