Stamp Collecting

My Granny has always saved stamps.

Not in a discerning collecting and meticulously organizing sort of way but more of a snipping out and stashing in an old cigar box way. And, as far as I know, no one in my family has been a stamp collector.

Until Clara.

Clara collects everything – including stamps.

Clara, being a rambunctious eight year old is also not a discerning collector or a meticulous organizer of her stamps. But she does like adding to her collection. Granny has three giant manila envelopes stuffed with stamps and she’s been slowly doling them out to Clara.

It’s a stamp saver and stamp collectors dream come true.

Except.

Except this totally justifies the keeping of things for just in case.

Farming runs on both sides of my family and you don’t just get rid of things that might be useful again one day when you are running a farm.

Ever.

This was a lesson that well and easily ingrained in me. I don’t really need the hey-look-I’m-so-glad-I-kept-these encouragement Granny and Clara’s stamp collecting has accidentally given me.

But now I’m doubly certain that I better keep saving those random springs I find, and of course the extra screws they send when you put something together, and flower pots, and fabric scraps, and keys, and jars…

Someday, someone (maybe even me), is going to be so glad I did!

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5 comments on “Stamp Collecting

  1. Jesska says:

    🙂

    One of my mum’s relatives was known for having a jar marked, “bits of string too short to use” and another one for teapot lids (for long broken teapots).

    I’m think screws and flowerpots are infinitely more save-worthy than string remnants, but I’m not sure where stamps come on the list/ranking..

  2. Helen says:

    Love it, Jessie. Clara and I are related!

  3. Widdershins says:

    We don’t live in a time of infinite resources, and doubly true when your girls will become adults, so yes the collecting of ‘things’ is a habit we need to encourage. (which is separate from ‘hording’ as an obsession)

  4. I was so disappointed as a child when I found out that my dad had collected stamps, but had given them away! My sister and me were collecting stamps. I can totally imagine how much joy it brings to give the stamps to Clara, and for her to receive them 🙂

    I’m also part of the you-never-know-when-you-might-need-it squad 🙂

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