Decluttering efforts have slowed as I face the boxes of personal and family photos and papers. It's so hard to know what to do with all this stuff! Sure, you can scan it--but then you've got a lot of scanned stuff that, face it, will you ever actually go back into that set of files again? And will you (be honest now) keep upgrading the storage format as applications change? And what about the claims of other family members?
I've got no answers, so I've started with the easier box: my personal memorabilia. The sturdy box itself is a bit of an antique: it formerly held my hiking boots, purchased in June of 1971 for $17.50 at REI. We're not going to see those prices again!
A folder with my report cards and aptitude test results. Some things are not what I remembered!
"The good old days" weren't so great for us girls. The Washington State Pre-College Test results sheet includes a College Expectancies section--their algorithms determined that I had the best chance of excelling at Secretarial Studies or Data Processing (Gingko hadn't even heard of Data Processing as a field! "The process of putting information into a computer so that the computer can organize it, change its form, etc." per Merriam-Webster). To be fair, they also gave me pretty good odds on doing well at Freshman English (but not English Literature) and Clinical Nursing. Why were so many of my generation quick to join the feminist movement? The boys' College Expectancies form did not include Secretarial Studies, Data Processing, or Clinical Nursing.
One striking thing: A the end of kindergarten the teacher was pleased to note that "She knows many numbers by sight and understands sounds and many letters." Children today are placed under so much pressure! It's time to let children learn at a their own pace without panicking. I was slow to learn to read, although I lived in a book-centered household (which is probably the most important thing)--our Thursday night tradition was to go to the library together and our rewards for good report cards were $5 to spend at the bookstore. And now, of course, I struggle with having too many books...
However, some things were predictive: "Maintains neatness in all written work" is routinely checked in the Needs Improvement column throughout grade school. Sigh.
To start your week off well: Mason as Super Dog!