ever since i was little, i've always been the one to save EVERYTHING (pack rat times infinity) and i've (finally!) reached the point where i'm proud to say that i'm happy i did so (:
in our crawlspace in the basement, everyone has a storage box with their name on it, to put whatever they want to in it. a couple weeks ago, i decided to look through my box and amidst the stuffed animals, clothes, american girl doll, awards, and heaps of other things, i found about seven 'boxes' (ranging from christmas cookie tins to shoe boxes) filled to the brim with old pictures and letters inside. so this past weekend, i took it upon myself to look through each one.. and oh, boy, has it been a trip (:
as for the pictures, i'm going to try to get a few and put them on a disc (they're all hard copies, obviously) so that i can upload a few each week or something and reminisce, but that'll be later (:
as for right now and this past weekend.. i have learned seven main things from looking through these old pictures, letters, and even watching home movies (!) with daniel and dad earlier tonight.
1. 90's styles are way cooler than any other style, ever. if i could go back to wearing outfits that matched (i.e. green top with a white flower on it + white pants with a green flower of the same design on it), big scrunchies in my hair or velco light-up tennis shoes.. i'd pretty much be content fashion-wise for the rest of my life.
2. daniel did in fact, used to like bananas. and most other fruits. he can deny it as long as he wants, but on christmas day, 1998, we got a video of him eating an entire jar of mushed up bananas for the very first time.. and he ate it ALL. and loved it. that's proof, danoo! (;
3. life was so much easier before boys had cooties.. and when mom had me hold hands with every single boy i took a picture with in elementary school. and they were totally okay with that. because in elementary school you 'liked' the same person from pre-k til fifth grade and that just meant you thought they were cute or something and not that you'd go kissing them (or doing anything else like crazy elementary school kids are apparently doing 'these days'..) yikes.
4. a picture says a thousand words. like how i was SO MUCH CUTER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. seriously. i had such a cute little face and gorgeous long long longggggg straight brown hair (grow faster!).. then my awkward phase hit and i cut all my hair off in fourth grade and.. basically all these photos do a stellar job at documenting every stage in my life (from mega cute to mega awkward).. not to mention every point in between.
5. friendships really can last forever. words can't even describe how many pictures of/letters exchanged between myself and so many of my other friends over the years, especially with sara whitacre. this girl and i met in first grade and BAM. it's been what, almost thirteen YEARS since then, and we're still super tight. we don't see each other as much, but we know we're still best friends. and it's so neat to see pictures of us with our arms around each other in mrs. reynolds' first grade class when i was 'student of the week,' letters she'd write me and fold up with 'sarah beth' written on them, and even a picture of us together on graduation day. time seriously flies.. but friendships really can last - we're living proof of that. love you bestie (:
6. yearbook pictures aren't half as fun to look at as are the notes written on the back. while some of my fellow classmates had some pretty hilarious yearbook pictures.. i won't ever laugh as much at them as i will cherish the things they wrote on the back.. considering i always refused to accept yearbook pictures from anyone unless it had something written on the back - and more than just their name or "to: sarah kron." i'm glad (!) that i decided to be stubborn about that. it makes for good memories all these years later (:
7. sisters give the best advice. spiritually: one letter i found was from ruth during my freshman year of high school when i was really struggling. her words of advice apply just as well then as they do now, five years later: "keep choosing the right and i can testify that when you put the Lord first in everything- everything falls into place so much easier than if you try to do it all yourself." wonderful advice (: and also a note of simple reassurance from anna banana: "you're just so growing up sometimes and it's crazy and weird but you're going to do totally fine." simple. to the point. and unbelievably reassuring (: thanks zoombini faces.
just love memories. (: