All that you can't leave behind

Published June 14, 2006

The good thing about moving house is that it means you can get rid of a lot of junk. You can dig through all the stuff at the bottom of the wardrobe and throw a good proportion of it out.

However, you have to learn not to be sentimental about things. While we were digging through all our junk, I came across our dartboard. We haven’t used that thing for ages but, for some reason, I couldn’t bear to throw it out. I loved having a dartboard in the house, and when we buy our own place someday, I know we’re going to have a dartboard up somewhere. It’ll probably be a new one, a better one, and one with plenty of cork padding around it.

But I didn’t want to get rid of the one we already have. It reminds me of simpler times. Everything is different now. But for the first time in my life, I can understand why people want to keep hold of things as a reminder of times gone by.

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