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What to do with old nostalgia... - The Phantom Librarian
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What to do with old nostalgia...
Well, along with my birthday present, my mom sent things from the nostalgia drawer. My college graduation robe, my baptism dress, and 41 name cards from college graduation.

The graduation robe, I can always use as a Hogwarts robe. But I don't know what I'm supposed to do with the name cards--I didn't know what they were meant for then! I ordered fifty and only used nine. And of course, I've converted. I asked for the baptism dress and it's now on a teddy bear, but I'll never pass it on, so what exactly was the point of asking for it? Some weird, sentimental hoarding behavior, I guess. A desire to confuse children that it doesn't seem likely that I'll ever have. What's the point of anyone having it?


Still, it's my history. I'm not going to throw it out. Well, except for forty of the name cards. ;)
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barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: July 26th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever read the YA book about the twin girls? One had cancer and the narrator, the quiet sister, watched her mother make a quilt out of the girls' old clothes?

You could do that...
sonetka From: sonetka Date: July 26th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Was that A Summer To Die? I don't think they were twins, but I remember that the elder sister had leukemia and the mom was making a quilt of their baby clothes. A very, very depressing read, as I remember, but worth fifty Lurlene McDaniels.
sreya From: sreya Date: July 26th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Save a couple namecards for a possible scrapbook type thing, toss out the rest.

As for the baptism dress, you could always use it on a baby for some other special occasion, like baby's first posed pictures or something. The significance would be that it was Mommy's baby gown.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: July 26th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd keep the namecards, but I'm a packrat that way - in the sense that hey, they're nice, they don't take up any space and you just never know. About the baptism dress, I'd second the suggestion of just saving and using it as a "good dress" (for holidays or some such) which used to be Mommy's when she was thiiiis small :). I used my son's baptism outfit (fancy white creeper and white knit pants) as his "nice" going-around winter outfit until he outgrew it, and nobody seemed to think it was strange.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)


About the history - I guess it goes with how you feel about it.

Jewish tradition re conversions is the the convert is treated as a "newborn" - i.e. as far as *everyone else* is concerned, the non-Jewish past doesn't exist. The main point of that is that it is unkind to remind someone of a potentially unwholesome past. The same goes for any penitent.

If a convert feels nostalgic or sentimental about parts of their non-Jewish past - then it is their business, and theirs alone. Jewish tradition opposes anybody else nosing around in someone's past.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: July 26th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
name cards?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 26th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Little white cards with a person's full name on them. They go in invitations for some reason. They're a holdover from the days when ladies spent the afternoon "calling" on one another, and if someone wasn't home, the visitor would leave her "calling card" with a servant, to say that she'd been there. Lord knows why that has become part of the graduation paraphernelia.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: July 27th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessign they're 41 cards with yoru name o nit? a symbolci way of if you come aroud nadndon't find me here youcan putthis i nm ymaibox? kidn of a symbolci wya of saying 'please dome to m yhosu s ometime' or let's not loose contact after this.
it coudl jstu as well hide asupersekrit code but that's me beign too far into fandom. It wasa coo ltrivia though.
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