I was just strolling around the Internet (as you do) last evening and I came across this article by Brenda Borenstein, an organising guru.
“…Why are we compelled to keep stashes of such treasures. Well, when it comes to mothers, I often think they end up holding on to so many mementoes because they want to have something to show for all the time, effort and energy they have put into their family…
…Scrapbooking is like duplication to me. You have to creatively capture an event or moment that you already experienced. My goodness, who has the time??…”
I guess it’s the same old same old when people who are not interested in something themselves. They just don’t get it.
And that’s fine, except when they don’t appear to respect others who don’t view things the same way as them.
First of all, I have to disagree that Mums keep mementos because they want to have something to show for all the time and effort and energy they have put into their family. That kind of implies that Mothers don’t consider that time spent to be of value and need something to remind them that it was worthwhile. I don’t believe that’s the case for most Mums.
It’s my belief that Mothers keep mementos because it’s our way of ‘capturing a moment of time’. We can hold and look at the item and it triggers all the feelings that we had at the time the memento was first introduced into our lives. It generates sensory memories that just reading a few lines in a journal can’t do.
And our lives are so fast and so busy that moments slip by so quickly and it’s difficult to hold onto them and store them properly in our memories.
Ms Borenstein may not be interested in these ‘memories’ right now but I suspect that there will come a time in her life when she will be.
I grew up in an Air Force family and we moved from base to base and house to house, as well as country to country. All our household needs were provided for us by the Air Force and we tended to travel pretty light.
When we emigrated to Australia we didn’t bring many things of the past with us. I regret that and I know my Mother regretted not having mementos of those earlier years.
So in answer to your question Brenda, who doesn’t have the time to make time for memories?
And by the way, I spend time scrapbooking because I find it relaxing and fun. And that’s something everyone should find time for in their life.
What do you think?
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