The things we save

A few years back, I was tasked with sorting through a handful of boxes containing various stuff my mother has saved over the years, and to decide what to keep, if anything, and what to dump. Like the good son that I am, I ignored this task and instead tucked the boxes away into a storage unit. Now I’m finally getting around to it, and I’ve found some neat things which I will share here in a stunning photo essay.

Hey, remember Clinton / Gore. That could happen again, right? I may put this on my car.
Hey, remember Clinton / Gore. That could happen again, right? I may put this on my car.
An early watercolor from when I was 13 years old. On the back, the title is listed as "Credence Clearwater Revival", and the boat is inscribed with the the title "Manhunter". So many mysteries.
An early watercolor from when I was 13 years old. On the back, the title is listed as “Credence Clearwater Revival”, and the boat is inscribed with the title “Manhunter”. So many mysteries.
An early family photo from 1983.
An early family photo from 1983.
A pastel drawing from France, well the version of France in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Epcot Center. It was from a family vacation in 1991. It has not fared very well.
A pastel portrait of me drawn in France, well the version of France in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Epcot Center. It was from a family vacation in 1991. It has not fared very well.
The awkward, teenaged version of myself. I'm less awkward these days, but not by much!
The awkward, teenaged version of myself. I’m less awkward these days, but not by much!

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