For years I’ve nursed an addiction to paper, ink and arts & Crafts. I’ve also, at times, fed an addiction for fabric and the creations that can be made with it. I’ve used both to express the creative part of my personality.
There comes a time in our lives when we must think about our ‘collections’ and how much stuff we’ve accumulated over the years. It’s either let go of things now or face the fact that your kids (or strangers) are going to be sorting through it after we’re gone. It’s better to face our mortality early on in life and pass along ‘stuff’ to the kids while they’re young and can get some use from it. Thus, I’ve written to Diane (our Daughter-in-law and mother to our two grandsons, ages 14 and 8), and offered to give her my stamping and paper art supplies. She said they would come up and take a look at what I have. As I’ve gone through my cupboards and storage spaces, I’ve become a bit embarrassed at the sheer amount of ‘stuff’ that I’m giving them. As Robert says, “They don’t have a big house — where are they going to put all of that stuff??” Well, hearing that made me feel bad. Looking at it in a dollars and cents point of view, it’s several hundred dollars investment. Beyond the raw supplies, I have art that I’ve swapped/received from other artists over the years. What do I do with that??
What do other artists do with art projects in which they’ve participated? Even if I were to frame all of the artwork, I don’t have sufficient wall space to do hang everything I have. Boxes of artwork that are important to me, won’t mean a thing to my kids (or THEIR kids).
A dilemma, to be sure.
Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be grateful for the mental capacity to KNOW you have things that can/should be passed on. Enjoy your life…