Having an item links you to a special moment. It is the past made tangible. It elicits memories, smiles, and stories. It helps you remember what you do not want to forget.
And I say, it isn't necessary! I (still) have my high school letter jacket. I never wear. I never plan on wearing it. I do plan on cutting it up and appliqueing the letter onto a quilt I am going to make. But if the letter jacket disappeared into thin air tomorrow, it would not negate my experience of marching band. It would, however, give me a bit more room in my closet.
|lighting unity candle at our wedding October 2008|