I understand the character of Jonathan in Everything is Illuminated...he wants to keep everything and throw nothing away.
Last time I moved I was in a hurry and filled a couple boxes and labeled them: "Go Through This Box."
Of course, I'm moving again and haven't touched those boxes since the day I put them in the back of a storage closet. My wife has a few boxes like that too.
We began going through those boxes today. Inside are some of the goofiest things...things I don't need or use, but are almost painful to part with. Inside these boxes are remenants from high school and college mainly. And yet I can't stand to see much of these things thrown away.
After discussing some of these items with my wife I said: "Alright, you know what's really important to me. I am going to go make some ice tea and I want you to either put this stuff in the box to move, or in the trash. And I won't ask about anything."
I know she kept some stuff, but some things disappeared. I'm not sure exactly what, and it's okay. I don't know why I want to keep everything of any importance, but to those of you who do...I understand.
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