Define Sentimental?

Sentimental
[sen-tuh-men-tl]
adjective
  1. expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
  2. pertaining to or dependent on sentiment : We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
  3. weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
Everyone has items that they keep for sentimental reasons. Maybe because they were given to them by a special person or remind them of the past. My sentimental items are in a drawer under my bed. After putting it off for a long time, I finally decided to go for it and tackle these items. I haven’t looked through them for a very long time so I’d forgotten how “sentimental” I am.
Such as the bag crammed with every Birthday, Christmas, good luck, with sympathy, Easter and “Yay you passed your driving test!” card that I have received since I was 16. I’m now 25. Seriously, why did I keep them all? I kept one that was sent to me by my late Nanna, just so I can remember what her handwriting looked like (Is that weird?) and the rest went. So that was pretty painless. Moving on to the shoe box of random tat that I collected as a child and can’t seem to part with.
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Where to start… Here is a list of things from the box that I managed to get rid of without much deliberation.
  • A Team GB teddy key ring from the 2004 Olympics
  • A medal I got for doing a charity run
  • Several rubber charity bracelets that I used to wear all the way up one arm but haven’t worn for several years
  • A wooden puzzle that I made in woodwork class at school (One of those when the challenge is to separate the three linked pieces of wood) Except I cut the holes too big so it wasn’t much of a challenge, in fact it was more difficult to get the thing to stay together!
  • Two “Personal Survival” swimming badges. That’s the one when they make you jump into the pool wearing your pyjamas and collect rubber bricks from the bottom.
  • Four conkers covered in glittery nail varnish
  • My cycling proficiency badge that I earned at school when I was 10
  • Several random bookmarks
  • A couple of friendship bracelets (Can’t remember who made them for me…)
  • A commemorative medal and a mug with the Queen on it, from her Golden Jubilee in 2002
  • A pair of high heels made out of icing, that were on top of my 18th birthday cake
  • A bag full of marbles that I bought on a school trip when I was 9
  • A few rubber bouncy balls
  • A couple of photo key rings
  • A Mr Men book
  • My first piggy bank

I am keeping a cup that was given to me on my Christening and a giant seashell that I found on the beach when I was 8. That’s it so I ditched the shoe box too. I can’t understand why I kept these things! Maybe I’m just lazy and shoving them in a box under the bed was easier than sorting through them? Maybe they were sentimental to me at the time but my feelings have changed as I’ve grown?

I wish that was the end of it now but there’s one more thing in that drawer under the bed. A folder crammed with photos and things from secondary school. That’s a whole other story and I’m hoping to tackle that tomorrow. If anyone has any tips about dealing with items that are full of memories (not necessarily good memories either) and are difficult to deal with, please comment below.

Take care,

Hayley

 

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