November 19, 2013

Giving Away Old Memories and Starting New Ones

My basement doesn't look like this anymore
There has been a lot of stuff just taking up space in my house for a few years.

Bins of old clothes, old broken toys, and a lot of stuff that can just be considered junk at this point have been sitting idle in my storage room for a long time.  One of the realities as a parent is that your kids are not getting any younger and as much as I try to hold on to pieces of the past, we aren't going backwards.

I started to run out of space.

As much as I would love to see Carter wear his 3T clothes one more time, it's time to move on.  And Tyler's old stuffed animals haven't been played with in seemingly forever; perhaps they would be better suited with someone else.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to get this done.  Perhaps part of me is just not ready to turn the page on this chapter of our lives.  If I hold on to the memories of the past, maybe the future won't arrive so soon?  I don't think anyone is ready to have their kids grow up, especially me.

I got rid of seven giant garbage bags full of clothes the other day and I have a mound of perfectly good toys just waiting to find an owner.  The truth is I will miss all of those things, but it's time to start making new memories.

Now that my storage room has space, I won't have to go through this again for another couple of years.

It's not an easy thing to do.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?