Until today, I never understood how proud my parents really are of me. As a child, my parents kept every single piece of school work that I brought home. Steve and I both have a box for each year, 13 total from Kindergarten to our Senior year.
For years, I pestered my parents about getting rid of this "paper" and putting it out for recycling. I just couldn't understand why they kept all of it. I get it now, its important to them. They are proud of everything that we have done. To my mom and dad, its not trash, its a treasure and a piece of us. Every single thing I created as a child was important. They can't bare to part with their treasures. I can't imagine ever getting rid of anything that Parker brings home and I'm not sure I will have a house big enough to display every single piece of artwork that he creates, but I know that I'll try.
Mom and Dad - Thanks for now throwing these things away. I appreciate it and I understand now. The pestering will stop, at least about my boxes of "paper".