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so i have had this very large stack of cards sitting on my coffee table for a week or two. before that, they were sitting on my bedroom floor for months. and before that, they were cramming my file drawer to capacity, until i finally faced the fact that something needed to be done since i could no longer fit a 4" x 4" water bill into the files.
thank you cards, birthday cards, christmas cards, no-special-occasion cards, oh my god: so many cards. not to mention the occasional letters and wedding announcements... and i must make note here of the unclassifiable deliveries and packages via rachel, mailed from her various places of residence in the past several years.
i had every intention of getting the stack down to a manageable size. i mean, really: isn't it a little ridiculous to be taking up all this space with hallmark greeting cards? however, for better or for worse, this is an area in which my practical nature breaks down and gives in to sheer sentimentalism. somewhere between the records of oil changes and notarized title receipts and files of instruction booklets for various fixtures and gadgets, i have an entire hanging folder officially dedicated to my mushiness.
the pile has been whittled down, but not by much. i either have some sort of problem, or i have too many thoughtful friends. maybe both. seriously, i cannot get rid of these things. while this may merely be a symptom of Pack Rat Mania, i'm also finding it to be a testament of the journey and of those who have held me up along the way.
excuse me while i find a box for this stuff.
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 at 09:12PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Perhaps some sort of filing by date you received them so that you only keep the cards you've received in the last year?
Or you could get a storage unit.
Oct 2, 2006 at 07:08PM | Unregistered CommenterTB
You could cut them up and put them in a scrapbook. Or, you could let them sit there for another two years or so until one day you think, "Why am I KEEPING this stuff??" and throw it all out. That's what I do.
Oct 3, 2006 at 08:46AM | Unregistered CommenterSarah
tb - would you believe there are storage units a stone's throw from my apartment? don't tempt me.

sarah - do i strike you as a scrapbooking type?

as an update, i shoved the latest stack of cards in a box with an even *older* stack of cards that date back through high school. i also found my band and academic letter jacket patches, as well as several envelopes of the little yearbook pictures you trade with your classmates. those were from 8th grade through junior year; cute and scary all at the same time.

i'm hopeless.
Oct 3, 2006 at 10:21AM | Registered Commentermdog

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