When it comes to giving away an object with sentimental value, I’ve heard many times, “Take a photo.”
That made zero sense to me. If you’re traumatized about giving an object away, won’t the photo break your heart every time you look at it?
I found my freshman mug from Duke in a box in the attic and snapped a photo for Facebook. Then I got brave and gave the mug away. I’ve got a lot of mugs, and this one, with my name and graduation year painted on, can’t go in the dishwasher.
Weeks later, I scrolled past the photo on my phone. And guess what? Those who push the take-a-photo method are right.
I look at the picture and remember how Freshmen Week went. How the whole year went. I should have studied harder, but oh, did I have the time of my life.
I miss being young, some. I miss those days at Duke, still. But I don’t miss my mug.
So I’m a convert, at least for something as simple as a mug.
Any naysayers to the take-a-photo method out there? Anyone swear by this technique?
My freshmen dorm on Kilgo Quad at Duke University. The mug’s first home!