When things ended with Ashton, I kept all his handwritten letters and the photographs of us. ;)By Erin Meanley, Glamour magazine
I was cleaning out my closet yesterday when I came upon a box sealed with masking tape. It was an ex-boyfriend box. Inside were mostly photos, a few stuffed animals, and some cards.
Now, the animals can go, since they're not attached to any particular memories (my mind's blank), but the photos and the missives? I'm keeping them. (And yes, they are actual paper photos, not digital.)
Maybe I spent too much time hanging with historians in grad school, but I feel like pictures and cards are part of a written and photographic record. They're History! But not "history" as in trash. I mean, I've seen high school photos of my mom and her basketball-player ex-boyfriend. It's fun to see what her suitors looked like and I don't feel bad that they're not my dad. Heck, I still have my great-grandmother's diary from the year she dropped out of boarding school and eloped with Mr. Meanley! Not that I want my descendants looking at my crap. But still: History. My History.
Do you keep old photos and letters or do you throw them out? How much do you keep before you're officially a hoarder?