Monday, 19 May 2014

up in smoke

be gone
you sentimental fool
(photos and scraps and letters, oh my)

10 comments:

Shelley said...

I'm assuming these are from a relationship you want to forget? I hope it's nothing your descendants would love to have. Have just finished (for now) transcribing a letter I found in my Dad's high school year book (1930s) from someone who knew him during WWII. It is sent to him in Dec 1944 from Belgium. The contents on the whole are banal but it is still fascinating to have that bit of time travel.

Gam Kau said...

Shelley - no, no, not detritus from a previous relationship. I culled a set of 8 giant scrapbooks down to 2. It was difficult because there are wedding photos, letters, tickets, etc. BUT, I did scan everything first. Funny how even though I know I have a digital copy, it's still be very difficult to cull. I'm actually debating just throwing the entire scrapbooks into the fire because it seems redundant to keep the original letters. Will my children really want to view our love letters prior to marriage?

frugalscholar said...

Answer to your last question: yes! (Not that my parents saved anything. My mother loves to throw things out).

I just went to a memorial service for the father of a colleague. The children/grandchildren read bits of those letters.

Yuko Jones said...

Pictures and letters are the hardest to get rid of when I'm minimalizing my possessions. Thus, they are still untouched, tucked away in the closet (but I know they're there...) Job well done!

pao said...

Yes. Let them throw the stuff out if the want to.

Meanwhile, I thought you were going to tell us about a new way of cooking!

Gam Kau said...

FS - ha, I guess I'm like your mother. I waver between being sentimental about the most mundane things and being zealously practical and not holding on to a single item.

Yuko - yes, photos and letters are the final frontier for me as well. I can toss almost anything out, but those items seem to hold the most I suppose. Tucked away in a closet is not a bad place for your photos to be.

Pao - okay, I'll hold onto them for a bit. You know, I considered cooking over that fire. It was really quite a bonfire I had going and if I just had a grate I could have thrown a hog on there! The barrel I was using to make the fire was an industrial dryer barrel I salvaged from the dump - upcycling!

Stephen Andrew said...

I just did this last week! It was so therapeutic. A little bizarre though. A small portion of the stuff I burned was in relation to my ex. Literally within minutes of burning it, he called me out of the blue. Energy is a powerful thing.

Gam Kau said...

It is so therapeutic isn't it Stephen? Reading letters written to me when I was young made me a bit wistful, but it was also funny to see both how much I've changed and also how much I've remained the same. I think your ex ringing you qualifies as a woo woo moment - how strange!

Shelley said...

Having digital copies does make a lot of sense (so long as they are backed up). I think it's a solution to who gets what when you pass on - there is no hierarchy about scanned copies, they are all the same. And so much easier to share!

Gam Kau said...

Shelley, I ended up with all the photos/papers/memorabilia from both sides of our family - it's such a chore. I would rather to have had others clamoring for it. But it's true, so long as the digital archive is preserved (no hard drive failures), it is easier for everyone to share.