My parents have been working on fixing up and emptying out their house in preparation to sell it. They purchased their house the year I was born, so they have about 25 years’ worth of odds and ends that have been collected, stored, and saved over the years. I know when I moved out of their house 5 years ago, I definitely left behind my share of odds and ends.
This week, my parents dropped off a load of “Malorie stuff” that was stored in one of their closets. Some things need to be thrown away, some things sold, but some things are still treasures. I got my little umbrella that my Grandma Shirley gave me when I was probably around 5 years old. It’s small, pink, frilly, and has butterflies painted on it. More importantly, it has “Malorie” painted on it, which is one of the few items I’ve ever received that has my name (spelled correctly) on it.
They also brought my American Girl doll with all of her accessories. It’s amazing how popular those dolls still are! I sat down and looked through the boxes with all of her little outfits, remembering how my sister and I used to drool over all the stuff in the magazine and immediately start making our birthday or Christmas wish lists.
I started thinking about some of the other items, yet to be extracted from the attic. My Grand Champion model horses, a few stuffed animals, my Cabbage Patch Kid… There must still be thousands of Barbie related items too.
Thinking back to all those fun memories and all my cool toys, made me have a little “Toy Story 3” moment. It’s crazy that at 25 years old, I still have such a sentimental attachment to my 1990s Special Edition Christmas Barbie.
As I let my mind wander down memory lane, it made me realize how happy and good my childhood was. I’m so grateful my parents provided such a safe, loving, and fun environment for me to grow up in. Thanks Mom and Dad! 🙂