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Thursday, August 4, 2011

glasses filled with memories.

do you remember these glasses?

{my kids love writing messages on the chalkboard...malia's message is from the 4th of july.}

a few weeks ago, adam's mom came out of the storage shed with a box. inside the box were these glasses. she asked if we wanted them. we said yes.

i remember collecting the return of the jedi glasses when i was growing up. my favorite glass had jabba the hutt on it {i was a sick child}. most of these glasses are from mcdonald's. a couple are from burger king & arby's.

the glasses are approximately 20+ years old. they're currently sitting on the counter waiting to be washed. i have no clue where i'm going to store them. our kitchen is teeny & our storage options are even teenier. part of me wants to list these bad boys on ebay, but these glasses used to belong to my husband.

they're part of his childhood....part of his past. there's a reason my mother-in-law hung onto them for so long. perhaps she knew adam would one day want them again. and, as much as i'd rather not make room for them {because i'd rather just give them away}, i know that these glasses will not only bring my husband a little joy, but they'll also be fun for our kids.

listening to my husband talk about his childhood makes me sad. why? because his family isn't as close as it once was. he has so many good memories of how things they used to be. even these glasses - as trivial as they seem to me - bring back a fond memory.

getting rid of them would be like not acknowledging my husband's childhood.
getting rid of them would mean i don't care.
getting rid of them would be a mistake.

so, this afternoon, i'll be reorganizing the cabinet & making room for our new {old} glasses.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

Followed you from Romancing Rachel...

I think it's great you're keeping them! I have had similar things like this come up, and it is such a hard decision to make, no matter how trivial the object might be. It seems like the most trivial objects are the ones that hold all the memories.

Aug 4, 2011, 5:35:00 PM  
Blogger kimmie said...

We have very similar "12 Days of Christmas" glasses that my grandparents collected. You would get them at the gas station if you put $5.00 of gas in your car. My grandpa loves to tell how he'd have to run the car to complete empty just so that he could complete his collection each month.

I'm sure I'll inherit them, and I'm sure they'll be a burden to store - but the memories are priceless.

Aug 4, 2011, 5:41:00 PM  
Blogger the workaholic momma said...

I remember those glasses - they were SO cool. back when fast food places actually gave out cool things with happy meals!! You are right...have to make room for those! Hope you're having a great week...I suppose I'll be seeing you Saturday for the bday partay!

Aug 4, 2011, 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger Cas said...

I still have the Peanuts glasses, I'm a huge fan of Peanuts so my wife scooped me up a replacement set at a thrift store and they've been added to my Peanuts shrine in the office. haha

Aug 5, 2011, 5:57:00 PM  
Blogger LG said...

I am sooooo jealous ! I LOVE those old glasses too and girl you know those are valuable now right?? Antiques! You can look up pricing online but DEF don't get rid of them!!

Aug 5, 2011, 9:33:00 PM  
Blogger Lis @ ATruckerWife said...

I have a bunch of mcdonalds and bk glasses that we use daily! My father had stored them and I forgot about them until we had Annalisa.

Aug 7, 2011, 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger said...

Wow this post just brought back memories! I have to call my mom & see if she kept any!

Aug 8, 2011, 10:51:00 AM  

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