Have you time-travelled? You must have, whenever you tried cleaning your room, your wardrobe, or an old drawer. While trying to throw away a bunch of old things that are no more of any use to you, haven’t you found bits and pieces of memories that took you back in time? As adults, we see the youngsters around us create memories in their phones. For us, the memories of special people are scattered in corners we don’t think off too often, in the form of old precious gifts.
Old Precious Gifts are Memories that Kids Today Won’t Recover As Adults
Think of the pieces of your childhood or your teenage days that hide in every corner of your existence. Some of it is right in front of you, while some are buried under dust-laden memories. Still, they can be touched and smelt and left, unlike digital assets.
Leaflets of LPs, Cassettes, and CDs.
LP players cost a bomb. Cassettes don’t work anymore. CDs have been scratched. What remains is the leaflet, with the names of the songs and the lyrics… And, the hand-written message of love, along with the name of the person who gifted it to you, who wanted to say things to you that the song perfectly expressed. And if the songs play, then it’s a whole other journey.
Books – with Writings
Often on the first page of an old book with yellow pages, is a message that seemed simple at the time it was given, but mean a world after 20-30 years. Perhaps, it’s a humble “From Baba and Ma, 1995.” Perhaps, it’s a note of love. At that time, it may have seemed like an abomination to see the scribbles on the first page of a new book. But today, it’s precious.
An old box or a scrapbook with greetings cards can bring back memories of nursery classes. You must have bought a bunch, too, to give your friends. But, you knew you were someone’s best friend when that person gave you the card separately because this card was a little different from others’. Perhaps, your friend wrote in green ink – just for you – instead of purple.
Ah, the perks of growing up at a time when love letters were still sneaked into the bags, instead of getting them emailed! The handwritten notes bore the shakiness of fear, the words scribbled out in fear of appearing too bold, the little red heart doodles. They were often dipped in perfume. And, if they were a parting gift, they bore the heartbreaking marks of tears.
Jumbo Art Set
The jumbo art sets, with colour pencils, felt pens, scissors and gum, water-colour disks and tiny paintbrushes, wax crayons, etc. and were gift sets from parents and friends who knew how much you loved art as a child. Your box now has many pieces missing or broken, and the water-colour palette is all dried mud now. But the art book that you got with it holds your thoughts.
Handmade Woollen Products and Clothes
Our moms and grandmas had their way of expressing their love. The most common one was through handmade sweaters and mufflers for the winters. Most of us have also grown up wearing handmade clothes, at least at home. We don’t have the time to knit or sew, and our next-gen will never find old clothes and woollen items that smell of their moms and grandmoms.
Handmade Friendship Bands
Yes, there were plenty available in the market. We still get bracelets that kids gift each other. But, making a friendship band from scratch, braiding colourful threads of wool or nylon, to make the wonderful bands for everyone. Be honest, have you not tried putting on an old friendship band the last time you found one in your old chest?
Fountain Pens with Corroded Nibs
Who uses fountain pens these days? Who even writes, anymore? We started the journey when we were instructed at school to write with ‘ink pens’ for better handwriting. Some of us stuck to them. And, when someone gave us a fountain pen, we used the pens in front of them. Then somehow, we forgot all about those pens, leaving their nibs to get corroded by the dried up ink.
Remember those days when pictures meant paper pieces with people on them? Remember the days when we used put them in pretty frames, and give the memory of the moment as a gift? You probably have one sitting on your bedside table or on the wall. Maybe, you are in a frame, forgotten, tucked away amidst folded clothes in the cupboard. Now, it’s all on hard drives.
Perhaps it’s a bowl filled with discoloured little plumeria flowers which were once brought to you every day by your baby brother; maybe, it’s a single rose kept inside a diary of poems. They all preserve the same love that was conveyed to you at the time when you got them. But, flowers don’t just lie on the grounds anymore, and roses are only for Valentines’ Days now.
These days, everything is digitally recorded to create memories out of nothing, at every second.
And it takes seconds to get rid of such memories, at the slightest fallout. Meanwhile, the adults today clean their rooms and arrange their wardrobes to find peace and calm. They probably go looking for old memories; the feel of someone’s touch, the smell of the old playground, the moment of laughter and joy – won’t they flood back? Kids of this digital age will grow up to be adults who will hate to be high-functioning adults, just like us. Sadly, they will not be able to find solace in the memories of special people in old precious gifts, like we do. We are probably the last generation memory hoarders who attached emotional values to silly items and turned them priceless.