Do your kids collect junk? Do they sleep with strange things? Please share!
Reading your posts reminded how my son relates to it as well. He just doesn't want let go of any of his toys especially the wooden toys. He is a fan of motor vehicles and he breaks the wheels as soon as he gets his hands on the toy. But he will treasure them for years even without the wheels. I make sure to slip it in the garbage but if he sees......I'm doomed!
My almost 7 yr old collects anything and everything. Just yesterday he pinned up a Mr happy ziplock bag with gravel in it to the message board and I'm telling myself it's ok the board's on an angle, because one day I WILL miss him coming home with treasures, and leaving his mark everywhere... I bought him the BEST backpack for Prep last year; week three into the year and he comes home with one strap busted off - turns out the rocks from the garden WERE too heavy when he tried to swing it over his shoulder... His bedside table is filled - chokkas! - with everything from the smallest pencil that can't take anymore sharpening, eclair wrappers from Grandma's house, and three-wheeled matchbox cars, just to name a few things... Every now and then he'll go through and sort it, sometimes making something or 'doing' something with whatever takes his fancy, and only occasionally have I found something I'd previously seen in the drawer, in the bin... Bless him!
my son is into sticks & stones :) if the garden people throw away his branch pieces lying around, it's like a funeral. My car is forever full of stones which he think is unique. I do, however, clean up a bit every now and then. He is almost 12, so he understands better now. They are precious children, which, in return for all the fighting and frustration, love endlessly and unconditionally :)
That is so sweet. My son is similar, loves every little bit of tape, paper and string he's ever encountered!
So sweet. I am actually much more sentimental than my kids. Even if they say it's ok to ditch, I hesitate and photograph it first. Now even when do toss that stuff (if you ever do) there will be a catalogue of his memories. Priceless!
And one day, when they are grown up and moved out and our houses are perfectly clean and free of strings and lego and sticks and stones, we'll be sad. So, today I'll cherish the 'trash'. (Tomorrow, I may lose my schmidt again and start chucking - haha)
I just couldn't bring myself to throw any of it away. To him, it's special, so who am I to say it's junk? I wish we didn't ever outgrow the ability to see bits of string and electrical parts as opportunities and treasures. PS - psyching up to send you bikini pics *lol* Have shared your "Am I fat?" post on my Facebook page - it's a great message.