Tracie Nall is a writer and homeschooling mom living in Florida with her husband, tween daughter, and more books than her shelves will hold. She has been blogging at From Tracie since 2006, and spends way too much time on social media. Tracie loves office supplies, and takes pictures of things that are yellow.
I hold on to things. Words mostly. I don’t throw away books or journals, and I don’t throw away handwritten letters and notes from people I love. They are special to me. I don’t throw away pictures, either, but everything else is in danger of ending up in a dumpster or donation box at some point.
There are a couple exceptions to my words-and-pictures-only saving rule.
My Tree. Of course, most people who buy an artificial Christmas tree use it for several years, but they usually put it in storage by January.
I’m not saying I’m holding on to my Christmas tree extra tightly by leaving it up until March, but I am saying we have this new thing called a “Lighting Tree” that is brightening up the darkest corner of our room, and still has a few stray pieces of tinsel sticking to the branches.
At least it is a small, skinny tree.
I am considering decorating it for St. Patrick’s Day.
Or I could focus on the fact it is already green, so no further decorations are needed. Right?
Shoes. I found the perfect pair of dressy sandals when I was thirteen, and I wore them for over ten years. They were white sandals. A small heel. Perfect little straps – not too chunky and dated-looking, or too skinny and painful. A tiny silver buckle that didn’t actually have to be buckled and unbuckled. Plus they were really, really comfortable.
Those shoes were on my feet for my eighth grade graduation. They were on my feet when I participated in national speaking competitions in front of hundreds of people. They were on my feet the day I got married. They were on my feet the morning we had a baby dedication for our daughter at the church when she was a week old.
I actually got a few more years wear out of them after that dedication before they eventually fell apart. Not bad for a $15 pair of shoes from Pay Less. I haven’t found a pair of white sandals I’ve liked nearly as much since that pair.
So, yeah, I hold on to things.
But words will always be my favorite things to save.
I think that is why I love blogging so much. It is the ultimate chance to hold onto words and pictures – special moments of my marriage, stories, pieces of my daughter’s life, things that are important to me or touch my heart, and the story of my life. And while there are a lot of words that never make it into a published blog post (that is what journals are for), I have shared deeply and honestly about the good and bad things in life.
And those words and pictures will be saved, and out there for the world to see, for a long time.
Hopefully even longer than my Lighting Tree.