Do you still keep old letters or do you throw them out?

Philippines
September 28, 2008 1:56am CST
I am a sentimental person and love keeping old letters and cards from my friends and loved ones. I would sometimes start reading them when I feel sentimental or I'm missing someone from my family. There would be times when I would read the cards that were given to me by my dad. Makes me miss his shaky handwriting all the more... I think the oldest letters that I have were made when I was still four or five years old. That's how careful I keep my letters and cards. To my fellow MyLotters, do you still have old letters hidden somewhere?
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@schulzie (4071)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I am very sentimental and on top of that I am a pack rat. Yes, I keep all my old letters and cards and correspondence from all the years. It drives my husband crazy because I hang onto everything but it means so much to me. I have many old letters from a dear aunt who passed away last year. It makes me smile to be able to go through her old letters and birthday cards to me. It is something that is still tangible of her since she is gone now. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Hi Schulzie! Pack rat huh? Guess we're the same. Sigh. I guess there are good point in being a pack rat. Lol. Yes, Letters and cards are tangible things that you can go back to when people are no longer around. (Okay. Now I miss my dad all the more. Sigh. )
@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
28 Sep 08
WOW!!! You're really a GOOD keeper! I don't keep letters from that young of age, but I still have letters when I was in Junior High School (so about 16 years ago), High School, University. I also keep some of the cards from my friends, esp. those with important notes inside. I LOVE reading them and feeling loved and encouraged by them. :-))))
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Haha... Good keeper. My fiance would beg to disagree if he read this. Lol. I keep to many things. That's why my room is so full of... well. err. things. If you know what I mean. I love reading old letters as well. I get the same feeling. Thanks for sharing!
• Finland
30 Sep 08
LOL LOL LOL!!! I know what you mean he he he...well, he loves you anyway. That's what matters most. Maybe you should have your own special memorabilia room to keep special things like this??? :-))))
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• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Hahaha! I think I should... Lol. I wish there's space enough to have a memorabilia room... teehee.
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
yeah i used to but since i moved out from our house, i don't know where they are now.. some came from my high school buddies and the rest were from my family and relatives abroad..
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Hi Gracie. Hmmm... That's why I don't like moving around. Have a hard time keeping track of things! Especially if they're in boxes labelled "stuff." haha.
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Hi Gracie. Hmmm... That's why I don't like moving around. Have a hard time keeping track of things! Especially if they're in boxes labelled "stuff." haha.
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Hello rosedust82. I have always love keeping old letters, cards, and other old stuff. It reminds me about happy memories from my past, from my childhood, from the people i love. The old letters i kept was a letter from my Dad to my Mum when she went abroad, and Dad thought He will never see her again. It was the most sweetest love letter i have ever read. It has been kept by my mum and now its in my precious keeper box. :)
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Awwwww.... this is sooo sweet. I guess your dad was afraid to lose your mum. Really sweet. That really is a keeper. Don't let go of that!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
29 Sep 08
I think it is important to keep old letters, especially if they are from family members or old friends. It is a good way to document parts of your life and you won't be sorry you kept them!
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
True. If they're from family members and friends, I take special care of them. I love reading them from time to time. Especially with my friends. They're all living different lives but we still make it a point to keep in touch.
• Canada
29 Sep 08
Yes i do keep old letter and cards, it is real memorable things.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
That's good smartbrain... Thanks a lot of responding to the discussion.
@chabawel (330)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
I actually do keep a couple of old letters. I actually threw some away. I only kept some because those letters meant a lot to me. Those I threw away have no significance at all to my life.
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
True. The ones that I've kept are the ones that mean a lot to me or have a sentimental value.
@aan001 (11)
• China
29 Sep 08
here,i have to say that there's no old letters for me any more, i have to throw them out before i married, since they are almost from my male friends but none from my husband! my friends and i write letters when we were in senior high school,that's the nice days i cherish till now. my husband met me when i was a junior,and it's quite certain that he will jealous after reading those letters. so it's better to keep them away from me, but they will always in my mind.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Yup... Definitely have to keep old love letters where no one can find them. Lol. Kidding aside, I guess that's the case with anyone who's married or is seriously with someone. Have to give up those letters from the exes to avoid any conflicts.
@lishiwei (1553)
• China
29 Sep 08
Oh,I have some and I like to keep them before and I also will have a look at them when I missing them.But when I gratuate from senior high school I throw all of them out.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
That's too bad... I wish I could keep all my letters but there have been some that were thrown out as well. sigh.
• United States
28 Sep 08
I tend to keep all my letters. I don't read them often but I do sometimes break them out and just see how stupid or crazy I was when I was younger. I have them stuck in an old shoe box. It's actually completely and utterly stuffed to the top of letters too.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Haha... I know what you mean! My friends and I would get a good laugh at how dumb we were when we were younger. Haha!
@eddie42 (270)
• United States
28 Sep 08
i keep somethings but not old letters especially because i have a girlfriend and i don,t think she will appreciate me keeping old letters of my ex woman around the house because iam trying to keep her not get rid of her. i want the sane respect from her as well.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Point taken. You definitely better not have any of ex girlfriend's letters lying around... or else!
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I do keep our love letters. For me, my husband love letter is a treasure. Every gifts and every card that he gave to me, i always keep them. When he came to visit me, i am very proud to show to him all his letters and cards to me. Keeping those things is the best way to show your partner how much you love her and how much you treasure all the things that he gave to you.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
That's sweet of you. I'm pretty sure your husband feels happy as well to see that you've taken such good care of the things he's given you.
• United States
28 Sep 08
I usually throw them out. That is what I do. Unless I have a reason to keep the old letters I just put them in the trash can after I read it. But that is me.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
At least you have a cleaner room than I do! Thanks for the post!
@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
28 Sep 08
I will only keep my love letters. Lol. Normally I don't keep the normal letters from friends unless there is any special reason or story in it. Because my room is ran out of space to keep all the letters. Sometimes,I face difficulty to stuff in all the letters. I like my room to be as simple as possible,meaning to have the lesser things the possible. Lol.
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Lol... That's the problem I have as well. I have no idea where to stuff my letters.
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Hi there rosedust82! I am a very sentimental person... just like you. I do keep letters and cards no matter how old they are. There are times when I would go over some of them and reminisce. I have a box which I made myself where I keep all those letters and cards. There are even instances when I would print out emails sent by my friends and loved ones and keep them in the same box.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
That's really nice. I have mine in a box that I bought on one of my trips. It's really colorful and eye-catching... but I like your idea. I would like to make my own box... hmmmm.... I have to go and start on that.
@iskayz (5426)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
letters - pictures of letters
Hi there! I do keep the letters I receive from friends. I have them all in a small tin can together with my stationaries. It's fun to read them and remembering the past and the stuffs I use to do with my friends. I also have lots of letters from my ex boyfriend. I still keep them though we're not together anymore. Keeping letters for me is one way to help us never forget about our pasts I think. Our friends especially those we don't see anymore. And not to forget about the special events that happened in our lives cause once we read one letter, all memories from the past starts to freshen up. And I like remembering the past. Ciao!
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Very true. It's fun reminiscing about the past and the people we were with before. Sigh. Those were the days.
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Hi! since my heart was broken before, the old letters that I used to read from an x-girlfriend were accidentally thrown away by our aunt. Maybe she thought that it was just a piece of trash LOL :) Fortunately, it was meant to be thrown away for me not to remember the pain again.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Aww... Sorry to hear that my friend. Well, I guess that's a not so subtle way telling you that you need to "move on". Lol. But really, I do hope you're better now.
@Sunnyone (30)
• China
28 Sep 08
I kept some letters from my best friends.Today,not very many people choose to write letters,but I think that's a way to express our emotion than any other ways. I won't keep all the letters,only the one who has left a deep impression on me. When I read some of them again and again, I'll feel very closed to them.Always they are far from me now.I even lost someone's message,so I kept a lasting memory this way.I have a nice box to filled the precious letters.That's a box of forever memory ,I think.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Yes... A box of memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. I don't keep all letters but have kept all of those that mean a lot to me.
• India
28 Sep 08
I am sensitive by nature,I tend to always preserve every little small thing in life concerning important people in my life.Letters, cards, gifts, almost everything.I feel this is a feeling of love someone showers on us through tthese things.So i want to last this love forever.so i keep all the things i get from somebody.I have so many letters of my brothers, sistes, sister in laws..and so many people's greeting cards too.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Very true... I find letters and cards as a way of showing people how we feel. I love getting them. Actually, I prefer them to real gifts... believe it or not.
@ibiswas (422)
• India
28 Sep 08
Hi Rose, I usually keep the old letters but only of people whom I care and love a lot, a thought of whose gets a smile on my face. Reading letters of loved ones always gives me pleasure which I cherish and therefore I always treasure the letters and card of my loved ones.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Thanks for the response ibiswas. I agree with you. Letters from loved ones should be treasured and kept accordingly.