I guess I'm fortunate (and some might add the prefix 'un') in the sense that I've taken on my family's hoarding sensibilities. Thankfully my parents have never got to this state:
A couple of months ago they gave me this:
|So weird looking at these now. 10 Pence pieces, 5 pence pieces and 50 pence pieces have shrunk dramatically in size. There is no 20 pence, £1 or £2 coin. And we still had 1/2 pence coins then!|
I remember this sitting in the cupboard for years - always being told that when we were 'old enough' we would get them. My set now sits on one of our shelves in the living room. I love it even though damp has gotten through the packet and some of the coins are damaged. It's mine, it's something that was bought for me when I was born, and it's something that I will always treasure.
My sister had many, many, many things bought for her when she was born. There are sets of silver spoons, silver keepsakes, photos, photo,s photos and so much more. There's not much for me. It's hardly surprising though as my mum lost three boys before my sister and I were born. Therefore this set means more to me than anything as it's something that was bought for me when I was born not something that was handed down.
Do you have anything that you have kept with you from your childhood?
ps: I've just read through this and I realise I'm sounding very scornful about not having keepsakes from when I was born. I admit that as a younger girl/ woman I was quite annoyed about this. As I've grown up I've realised why. The first child is important, the first child who has survived after the deaths of her three brothers is even more important. So I've come to terms with the fact that my birth wasn't as important to my parents as my sister's. My parents, over the years, have spoiled me in other ways you cannot imagine - so I apologise if I've come across as a brat here!