Does your child keep seemingly worthless stuff around and treat it like treasure? My daughter does. She has candy wrappers from last Valentine's Day stuffed in her purse. And as a somewhat-defeated clean freak trying to hang onto my last shred of tidiness dignity, it has made me darn near batty knowing she has these in her possession.
The one time I actually attempted to clean up her precious treasures, I was chastised and beaten with the guilty stick for days. It got to the point where I almost believed that I deserved it.
Anyhow, keeping things for longer than they are meant to be treasured seems to be my daughter's forte, but this woman might have her beat.
Prena Thomas of Lakeland, Florida made a snowball back in 1977 when there was a freak snow fall, put it in her freezer, and never let that frozen sucker melt. She has apparently never had a power outage (don't move to Toronto Prena.)
She still has that snowball lovingly packed in her freezer today. Thirty-three years later. Now that's dedication.
When she described her snowball was like 'a pet' I caught a glimpse of my daughter in this woman and suddenly I no longer cared about the candy wrapper treasures being garbage. I'm maybe a little more worried about her anthropomorphizing those treasures, but really: if she loves it, let her have it.
Respecting other people's treasures is too important a lesson to be lost. Thanks for reminding me, Prena.