Recently I read an article that talked about items that were important to this one particular individual. We get attached to things, for sure. We associate feelings and memories to them. When I thought about what I would save in a emergency first, other than people and pets, it would be a computer and photo albums. But what if you could only save 5 items, and not 5 boxes of stuff? So here is my list of the 5 items I would want to save and why:
- Winnie the Pooh
This was one of my childhood toys. I remember the Christmas I got him, and I was jumping for joy when I opened the package. He still looks pretty good. He reminds me of childhood innocence and family gatherings for the holidays. He always has unconditional love for me, not matter what I am going through.
- My Painting
In college, I majored in art. I am lucky enough to say I am working in the field I got my degree in, which is Graphic Design. One of my classes, was Color. I did a great acrylic painting for this class and named it “Order & Chaos”. I even got chosen to be in a student art show with it. Now, it is proudly displayed in the entry way of my home.
- Picture of us from when we first started dating
My lover and I have been together for over 25 years. His name is Rasheed and we met about 30 years ago at a gay youth group. He were more aquaintances at first, and had some mutual friends. But we hit it off, and have never looked back. We are getting married this year. We took a pic when we first started dating, we both look like kids… which we were! I remember all the fun times we have had over the years, and how lucky I am to have him.
- Madonna Blonde Ambition VHS tape
Madonna is my favorite singer of all time. She means so much to me. I love her for her artistry, song-writing, dancing and performance skills. Plus I love that she stands up for what she believes in, and marches to the beat of her own drum. One of her early tour masterpieces, this concert is not available on DVD…. And may never be. It was on HBO, and I taped it to VHS. It was on Laser Disc… but that is a dead format. She inspires me to be true to myself.
- Black Kilt
And lastly, I would save my black Utilikilt. Why that one? Why, that was the one that started it all. I liked how it looked and finally ordered one from the internet. Little did I know I would connect with it like I did. Here was a garment, that looked cool, and made me feel good when I wore it. I felt that I could be the real me…. Edgy, fun , funky, creative. I have had so many great times when wearing it: concerts, parties, parades, and much, much more.
So that’s my list of the five items I would save from my home in an emergency. What items would you save and why? I would love to hear from you.
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OK, I admit it, I like to collect stuff. My lover calls it all junk, but for me, it is memories and souvenirs of good times. Not sure when this all started with me. I remember I always loved stuffed animals as a kid, so that was probably the first thing that I collected.
Everytime I have moved as an adult, I will have many more boxes than my partner has. He says that I should be responsible for moving all of my own stuff. But being the good guy that he is, he will help with my stuff too.
So here’s what I have collected over the years:
- Madonna memorabilia. I am a huge Madonna fan, and have been collecting items since the early 80’s. My collection consists of albums, CDs, posters, T-shirts, DVDs, but the main part of the collection are all the magazines I have with her on the cover. I am close to almost 400 items in my collection and will be getting more soon.
- Janet memorabilia. Also big on Janet Jackson, she is one of the best live performers you will ever see. Again, CDs, posters, T-shirts, and magazines from her amazing career.
- Stuffed animals. It all started when I got that Winnie the Pooh bear one Christmas from my family. As time when on, I would get more and more. A new Easter bunny every year, plus souvenirs from amusement parks and zoos. Then as an adult I would treat myself to these things, they made me feel good and reminded me of simpler times. I actually got rid of some last year finally… I had too many to keep track of and/or display.
- Birthday cards. I probably have every birthday card I have ever gotten as an adult. They are like a time capsule, and remind me of friends that I used to have, as well as those that continue to be in my life to this day.
- Music (CDs, tapes, albums). I have gotten rid of most of the cassettes and albums, and transferred them to digital. But I still have a box of 45s, plus tons of CDs too. A great collection of music from the 80’s up to today. Truth is, I need to get a big hard drive and finally digitize the rest…. Not that I have time to listen to them all.
- VHS tapes. Tried to start converting this stuff to DVD, but the converter gave out, and never got another one. So I have a combo VHS/DVD player, but it is not too often I watch a VHS tape. Lots of stuff recorded live off of TV… stuff you can’t find now, plus tons of music video collections, and personal videos too. I can’t bring myself to part with it all.
- Photos. I know I am not alone with this one. I took a photography class in college. That probably whet my appetite for photography. Now, I am often the photographer when I go anywhere: family and friend’s parties, vacations, hiking, cruising around town different places like the beach, the mountains, etc. So I have a bunch of photo albums, plus boxes of prints & negatives, as well as now I have taken up making scrapbooks from all the photos. These are the things you would save in a fire.
- Concert memorabilia. Didn’t I mention I was a big live music fan? So I have a couple of big binders, with the ticket stubs from every concert (or play) that I have been to, plus my review of the show. Then I also have T-shirts and programs from a lot of the shows too. Some of the rare items I have include: a T-shirt from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour, plus one from the Bee Gees “One for All” tour too.
- Books. I have yearbooks from college, high school and grammar school. I have celeb bios, amusement park booklets, music and pet books. I have some Joel Osteen books as well as a fun one called “Listmania” where you get to write in your favorites into the book.
10. Christmas decorations. I have Peanuts ornaments I painted as a kid, plus ones I got with my partner, plus tons of lights, ornaments, decorations and more. That’s not including every Christmas card I have ever received, and all the Christmas CDs and videos too. This collection keeps growing every year.
So do you think I’m a hoarder or what? What sorts of things do you collect? I would love to hear from you.
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