Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Laundry

What is this?
This is a year of my life.

I am very good about once Gabe grows out of something to put it away. After doing laundry yesterday, the plastic zipper bag our comforter came in, became too full. We had to move on to an XL vacuum bag. I, of course, went through all the clothes, getting teary eyed. "Ohhhh Nate! Remember when he was this small??" Every outfit had a memory and a story. It sounds weird but I get very attached to clothes. I can remember the exact clothes I was wearing for any event in my life. I remember when and where I bought that Beatles tube top that I couldn't ever wear. I remember the Atlanta '96 t shirt my mom's friend gave me, and when you unfocus your eyes, the confetti on it looks like it's dancing. I am sentimental about clothes. I can't get rid of said Atlanta shirt that is a child's small or the Beatles tube top. I can't get rid of the very '80's pink and purple flower shirt that when you breathe hot air onto it, the flowers change colors. My cousin gave it to me when I was little. I have stacks of shirts like this. That I'll never wear, but I can't get rid of. They mean too much to me. I'm finding that I'm doing the same to my son. "But Nate, he wore this outfit the last time he ever saw Rachel." or "His 'Baby's First Easter' bunny outfit? Are you crazy?!" and so on. Nate tried to help me justify it all by saying "Well, I guess we might have another boy... don't want to have to buy new clothes..." That's what he thinks. :)

Completely unrelated, but while still doing laundry, Gabe was "helping" me fold and got a little stuck. The progression:
Before you call CPS on me, it's mesh ok? He could breathe. He looks really creepy like that doesn't he?

7 comments:

annette said...

Totally normal. I saved certain clothes that belong to each kids. Also I have the sweater Joel gave me for graduation and just recently got rid of a pink wool sweater that I loved my senior year in high school. So, you are very normal, or I am wierd like you.

Elaine Brown Billings said...

I love your giant bundle of memories. I also think that you are very normal for these normal tendancies (sp?)!!! I also love little Gabe's face smushed into that piece of laundry. Love the post. BTW you are a good writer.

Albright said...

oh rachel... I guess we all have things we can't get rid of because sentimental value... like those silly drawings and quotes from freshamn year! I love the mesh on Gabe! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff, Amy & Grant said...

i know what you mean too! i get sad when i have to clear out all the clothes that are too small. i hold on to clothes that i've had since jr high...i totally relate with you!!
love gabes face!! he's such a cutie!

Murlene Brown Watkins said...

I knew exactly what that first photo was!! As you know, I am exactly the same way with clothes....I still have your baby clothes! I love the photos of Gabe, especially the first one! He looks like he is planning a bank heist then putting on his mask!

Tyson and Chelsea said...

so cute! It's hard not to get attached to little tiny cute clothes. Cute Mesh Gabe too. so funny

Hilary said...

Haha nice Gs...

Gabe is such a gorgeous kid, I wanna squeeze him!