Do you ever set up a few projects for yourself to accomplish during the summer months? Besides yard maintenance which is always a project, I thought it would be a good idea to sort through the stuff in the attic of my home. I don’t have a lot of things, but there are trunks and bags and boxes of belongings I haven’t even looked at in years, much less touched.
Well, the other day I climbed the attic stairs with one goal in mind: reuniting with my childhood stuffed animals. Some of these are close to 40 years old!
It had been years (no exaggeration) since I had laid eyes on these old friends and honestly I had not idea what to expect. Would they be moldy, stained, torn, nibbled on?
I was so happy that, although they were a bit musty-smelling, they are in such good shape! Just how I left them. Some have eyes chewed off from the family beagle. Some are squished or have matted fur from me snuggling them every night. And it’s so weird and cool that the Cabbage Patch doll hair still smells exactly how it did when I opened it up as a Christmas present in the early 1980s. Crazy.
Great memories with these little friends. The purpose of getting them out of the attic is to minimize my possessions, so some will be rehomed through a local thrift store, but gosh darn it there are a few that I just can’t let go of! They will most likely be with me to the end.
If you have the chance to look through old things like your stuffed animals or pictures or handwritten letters, I think you should do it. I loved looking at my stuffed animals and thinking about my childhood.
-Out of the Wilderness