Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This Will Be A Really Weird Post

I have this little ugly pig egg-timer.  See it in the picture?  The ends are roundish yellow wooden pig heads, separated by sealed glass that allowed the hourglass to float once upon a time when it held water.  I've had it since I was a kid and got it from my sister Mary for my birthday when we were in grade school. I don't remember which birthday but I'm pretty sure it was single digits. 

My sister bought it at this store called Globe in our hometown in Park Ridge, Illinois.  The store no longer exists but it's still legendary in the minds of most of the kids who grew up there.  That's because the same three ancient old ladies worked inside that store for, like, ever.  They sold records and knickknacks and whenever anyone under the age of 18 dared to venture inside, these old ladies would eagle-eye you like you were about to steal something.  I thought my little sister was pretty brave for having gone there to buy me this gift.

Anyway, my little ugly pig egg-timer has lived with me on three continents.  About once a week, I turn it over and watch the sand go from one side of the hourglass to the other.  One of the pig's ears is missing.  Not sure where I lost that.  It's still ugly and strange and no longer works but I've always loved this thingamajig. 

My sister doesn't understand why I won't throw it away.  Today it sits on my desk in my office where I write.  Whenever I look at it, it reminds me of hot summers, long days at the public ice-cold pool, orange popsicles, and endless kick-the-can on our front lawn.  That's why I keep it.

Do you refuse to part with anything?

25 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

My husband complains that I am the least sentimental person he knows. But I am attached to a Mayan dog sculpture I've carried with me for over 30 years.

Molly Swoboda said...

In Y2K I forced myself to part with a wad of chewing gum from my 4th Grade Crush. Every time I ran across it I'd die laughing thinking of what an old fossil *he* must be. Regrets? Hmmm? Perhaps a bit curious how much it would have brought at my estate sale.

Lisa said...

I've still got my stuffed teddy bear from when I was a child, and I keep special projects and cards my girls have made me in my hope chest. Some things are just too cute to let go!

Colette said...

Nope, I would have thrown it away already! That said, I remember the store we used to walk to as kids to buy records.... you did bring back my memories with your old timer!

Angela Felsted said...

I think that's wonderful. Nothing beats sentimental value.

Raelyn Barclay said...

I'm a bit of a pack-rat with the sentimental stuff. My favorite is a ratty ol' teddy bear who is missing an eye and has a nose so chewed up it's kind of gross (apparently, I used to teeth on the nose...hey, whatever works when you're a baby and your gums hurt!).

Karen Walker said...

My husband is like you, he keeps just about everything, including clothing from high school (and he's 59). I don't. The only things I have from my childhood are photos and my baby shoes.
Karen

Candyland said...

LOL! I'm the opposite. I get rid of seemingly unimportant things. Then my husband's all "I need that birth certificate!"

MMA Los Angeles said...

I refuse to part with my baby blanket. It's not as "weird" per say, but I do take it everywhere with me when I travel- which at 23 can be a little strange. Some things just hold the memories better; there's not shame in that!
Ava

Linda Leszczuk said...

When my mom passed away five years ago, I discovered she still had the two stuffed dogs I'd slept with as a child. Now I have them - and will probably keep them forever, just because she did.

Liz Fichera said...

All: Gum, sculptures, baby shoes, baby blankets, teddy bears--LOVE it!

@Molly, I'm curious. What was it about Y2K that signaled to you to give up that gum?? :-)

@MMA: I don't think that's weird at all! In fact, I think it's kinda endearing.

Nas Dean said...
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Nas Dean said...

Oh so sentimental! I wouldn't have thrown it out either

Molly Swoboda said...

Reply to Liz...I Googled him. ~m

M Pax said...

Your piggy timer is fantastic. I have many such weird things I keep. Mostly because of who gave it to me.

Sarah said...

I'm extremely unsentimental and have grown to hate most stuff that accumulates around my house. That said, there are some items that just carry that extra something ... and you just have to keep them. Piggy timer ftw!

Jeigh said...

I save little stuff like that, too. The funniest one is probably a tiny piece of a crush's PE shorts that he tore off and threw at me. I kept it hidden from my best friend because she had dibs on him first.

And it sounds really weird that he ripped the hem of his shorts off but...no, no, it was weird.

LTM said...

very cool. I love the story behind this little artifact. And also interesting, my first elementary school was Park Ridge. But that was in so-Louisiana. In other news, there is very little from childhood that has stuck w/me but memories... And those memories have produced adult gifts (from childhood friends) that I will never part with. Close? :o)

Trisha said...

Sometimes I hang onto things just for the sake of it - out of habit, almost. I'm a hoarder by nature, though in recent times I've grown better at letting things go. Mostly out of necessity, i.e. when I'm moving into some tiny flat and can't take anything extra.

Still, there are things I want to hang onto...like childhood/high school diaries, all my old assignments (yes, I still have them...), etc.

Carrie said...

I love stuff like that. I try not to keep too many things but I love cleaning out a drawer and coming across notes I wrote in elementary school!

Theresa Milstein said...

Of course you've haven't gotten rid of it. Look at the history behind the pig timer.

I hold onto a lot. I think I saved my boyfriend's letters from when I was 18 and 19. I have a basket of old stuff, but I haven't looked at it in a long time.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Ah, Liz,

What a sentimentalist you are. Me,too. Yes, I do have a few keepsakes from my youth.

I just recently required a Christmas ornament I had made when I was about eleven. To make extra money I had made these beaded and sequined ornaments for holiday cash. My mom's best friend at the time bought one from me.

During my visit in Florida she handed this dusty santa ornament to me.... I never could keep this one because every time I made one someone wanted to buy it. Then there were no more kits to buy. So now I have one. I got all choked. I can't believe she had kept it all these years...

Danette said...

I have moved way too many times to keep things like that- it's sad I think.

Deniz Bevan said...

I love stories like these! I'm a pack rat so I have too many things I won't part with, but along the lines of your egg timer, I have a few guitar picks from high school friends and bands I saw live back then, that moved from one purse to another since that time.

Trisha said...

Award time!
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