I have never considered myself to be sentimental in any way, shape or form. Old love letters have been unceremoniously tossed, as have old gifts, bills, whatever. I don’t like a lot of clutter. I have kept a few things that I thought other people would like eventually (the outfit each of my kids wore home from the hospital kinds of things), but for the most part, I just don’t keep a bunch of stuff for sentimental purposes only. The caveat to that is I have kept a few things from friends. In particular, a friend I knew when I was a teenager that was in the Marines. While he was stationed in Japan, we kept a fairly frequent pen-pal relationship going. I kept all of his letters and pictures and goodies that he sent me. I did so mainly because we were close friends and some of the things were funny, interesting, etc. I never thought much about it, as he has always been “just a friend.” We remained very close friends for years after he exited the military and only lost contact around the time I graduated high school. Recently, we re-connected via Facebook, and that prompted me to post some of his old pictures (of course in an effort to embarrass him – that’s just the kind of friend I am ). His current girlfriend (admittedly a very jealous/obsessive type) threw a tantrum and said that “no one keeps that kind of stuff for 20+ years!” BWAH?
So, am I the weirdo for still having pictures of a pen-pal and uber-close friend 20+ years on, or is she just a psycho?
FWIW, when I say “friend” I mean friend. We never so much as kissed. We were pen-pals for about a year while he was in the Marines when I was 13-14, and then hung out after that until right before (maybe right after? like within a month one way or the other) of high school graduation, when he moved out of the state. Yes, he is older than I – like 8 years?
The implication this girlfriend is making have pissed me off beyond belief, but I am seriously curious now. Does anyone else still have pictures, cards, etc from old friends you haven’t seen/spoken to in 20+ years?