Sadje asks today, “Have you kept anything from your younger days or childhood?”
My family moved a lot and although I was born in Brooklyn and in the same house that my dad was born in, we soon moved to Long Island and by the time I reached Eighth Grade my family had moved 8 times. I collected stuff, butterflies, bees, baseball cards, albums and coins. I know, who collects bees and I actually feel bad about that, but I didn’t know any better at the time. Every time my family moved, stuff was thrown out, so I don’t have anything from my younger days. All of my baseball cards got tossed out and I bet some of them would be worth money now.
I started collecting albums when I was in High School, but when I was in between jobs, I sold all of them. My dad was a neat freak and he would throw out stuff all the time when he started his decluttering and cleaning projects. He threw out my tennis racket and said, “I never saw you using it”, like what the hell, who does that stuff. I have one painting left from the 70s, which my friend Cliff painted. It is very colorful and it has to be at least 45 years old now. I never got it framed, but I call it Alien Landscape.
Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser.