The Stuff I Could Not Throw Away
- I am amazed at how much stuff we have! I thought we had gotten rid of so much.
- I am looking through the same professional books and papers again! I thought I had done a good job of getting rid of stuff in September. I find I still cannot get rid of so many papers. I have no idea why. I've decided to save my professional books one more year. If I haven't used them in one year, I promised myself I will donate them.
- I am struck by how much emotional attachment I have to things. Somethings I just can't get rid of. I found pillow cases embroidered by my grandmother. They were turning yellow in a plastic container. I decided the time is now. Either I need to get rid of such things, or I should use them. I decided they actually matched the duvet covers in the bedroom that the grandchildren use. I will wash the pillowcases and put them on the twin beds in this room. They will add a special touch.
- I am also struck by how important my time in the classroom was to me. I just can't seem to part with cards from students, memorabilia that the students gave me, lesson plan books, unit designs, rubrics, and curriculum guides still hold a place in my heart. I know I will never use them again, but I can't throw them away. Do other retired teachers feel this way?
- Maybe I will have to hire a professional to help me get rid of all these papers.