Friday, September 9, 2011

My Collection Obsession

There's a show on TLC (The Learning Channel) called My Collection Obsession. I've seen two episodes of the show and you wouldn't believe the bizarre things people collect! Here's an example: a teenage boy collected vintage vacuum cleaners. He was very in tune to the sound of his vacuum cleaners and he could recognize any vacuum in his collection just by the sound. Craziness!

I've had a few collections in my lifetime. When I was a little girl I collected things like rocks and postcards – two fairly normal, kid-like things to collect. (Actually, I STILL like collecting postcards. If I know someone is going to be traveling, I'll ask them to send me a postcard or two and I have a photo album where I keep them. Sadly, the postcards I collected when I was a child are long gone. I got rid of them somewhere along the way and it's really a shame because I had a lot of neat ones that I think my nieces and nephews would have enjoyed looking at some day. I had a bunch of postcards that my grandpa sent home to his parents during World War II that I wish I would've hung on to as special mementos during his time in the service.)

I'm still a collector of sorts, but now I mostly collect memories. I have a box where I keep special cards or notes that people have given to me over the years. I LOVE handwritten notes and pictures or letters from my nieces and nephews. I have passion for documenting my life and I have quite the collection of scrapbooks, photo books, blog books, journals, my personal history etc. I'm not quite sure what will become of my collection in years to come, but if anyone wants to know about Heather I. J., they will have a treasure trove of things to select from.

Time has a way of making even the most vivid of memories dull, so that's why I like to document by writing about life so that I can go back and read about the things I've done or experienced and remember. Remembering is really important to me.


The Tomlinsons said...

Hi Heather. My name is Crystal Tomlinson and I live in Ridgecrest, CA, just a street over from Kristin! We are in the same ward, and she and I have talked about you several times (my grandpa fell off a zip-line in his 50s, broke his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down). Anyway, I thought I'd say hi and tell you that you are an inspiration to so many that you don't even know! Oh, and I'll tell Kristin to send you a postcard of the Ridgecrest area for your collection!

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