My husband has collected shot glasses for years from every place he’s ever been. They are great conversation pieces, made of glass, lovely, small decor, easily transported with us in constant moves. But each time we move, the movers pack each one separately in paper. Yes, really. It makes my stomach knot. What right do I have to tell my husband he needs to get rid of them? They are his memories, his collectables.
But do we need to continue collecting them? When is enough? When does a collector get to the end? When does he/she decide to stop?
It’s not that I think shot glasses are wasteful. But I don’t think we need anymore. At this point in my life, I think digital photos, written stories and oral memories are enough. And my hubby isn’t the only one at fault here. I used to buy t-shirts from every place I traveled until my mother asked me to please stop. “Honey, I can only wear so many,” she said. The more I traveled, the more I lugged back. I wondered, “Is my niece really going to use this? Will it end up under her bed within days?” No sir, I don’t want any more souvenirs, gifts, or collectables unless I can actually “use” them. And in “use” I mean EAT.
What do you collect? Why do you collect? And what do you no longer collect?