Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saying Good-Bye to an Old Keepsake

The tattered but intact side of my
shopping bag from the Ludwig II Musical
In the course of my current home organizing activities (more on that soon!), I installed a hook on my bedroom closet door, and had to take down the plastic over-the-door hook that was there and all that was on it. Among those things was a paper shopping bag, one side cut up, from the spring of 2000, when, with my mother-in-law, I attended the performance of the musical Ludwig II at the Festspielhaus Füssen in southern Germany, across the lake from King Ludwig's famous castle Neuschwanstein.

That performance was one of my most memorable theater experiences ever. The setting, by the lake on a balmy May evening, was magical. The show was magical. The music, the performers, the set, everything was just so. I especially fell in love with the cut-out figures that would parade the set during scene changes. Thankfully, whatever I purchased that night (I don't remember) was put into this paper shopping bag that featured those cut-out figures.


The marbled paper heart that dangles from my lamp
 is another keepsake, namely a Mother's Day gift from my daughter.

I loved that bag so much I not only saved it, but planned to frame it, which I did do a while ago. The framed picture now sits on my nightstand. And yet I couldn't bring myself to throw out what was left of the paper bag after the framing was done. Even though I had captured that experience now in a framed object, I still couldn't quite let go of the real momento.  Perhaps because it was a souvenir of a moment in time that I knew even then was special because it would never happen again. It even became bittersweet because my mother-in-law has since died, and I shall never again be able to attend a performance with her. We were great partners in going to the opera or a musical.

Now, in the spirit of decluttering, I decided it was time to say good-bye to the remnant of the Ludwig II shopping bag, and actually toss it, but only after I had consoled myself that I would scan it. Which I did and am sharing here with you. Here's to momentos that can live on for ever!

8 comments:

  1. I love how some things, that at first glance might seem worthless, can become treasured keepsakes because they remind us of special people and times, don't you?!

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    1. Linda - indeed! The sad thing is that those things only mean something to us. Once we're gone, they are worthless, unless we also know their story. OK, sorry, I'm being too morbid here but I was just thinking about going through my mother-in-law's things after she passed and wondering about some things she kept that surely had some meaning to her but not to the next generation.

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  2. I will be doing lots of decluttering in 2013. I'll keep this post in mind for inspiration.

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    1. Jennifer - me too! We can declutter together...

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  3. I can see that the setting of the place alone would make for an amazing theatrical experience...

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