Thursday, June 13, 2013

Garbage Day


When we have items we don't want anymore I donate them. If they're big, I put them on the side of the road and someone always takes them. They also always knock on the door to ask if they can take the item, which is nice, but not necessary since it's clearly by the outgoing garbage (I only do it on Garbage Day, just in case an item doesn't get taken).

When the kids are in school there's no problem with it.

Today, however, when the person knocked on the door to see if I was really 'throwing away' the item I had out there, my son (who was making a tent city for himself in the library...where the big front window facing the road is) noticed that in addition to the item being asked about, his little motorcycle was out there.

'Moooooooooooooooooooooom, you're "throwing away" my motorcycle????'

Yes, baby, you're way too big for it now, someone will take it who can still ride it.

The man who took the other item also evidently took the motorcycle. My son is at the front window right now, pathetically saying, "Goodbye my favorite motorcycle," (that he hasn't ridden in over a year because he's too big, lol).

It's wrong to laugh at his dismay, isn't it??  ;)

Happy Thursday all. :)

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  1. Parting is such sorrow. (Not so sweet.)

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    1. Well, it was sweet for me to instantly clear out that space, hahaha

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  2. Awwwwww. Parting is such sweet sorrow lol

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    1. Unless you're five, and then it's just sorrow, hahaha

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  3. hahaha he may be scarred for life

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    1. So sayeth the funny guys on this blog (see John's reply below). ;)

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  4. Well, he's reliving all the great times he had on the motorcycle. I get it. I remember that attachment. I hope he's over it by now.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. He did get over it. He mentioned it once the next day, but just in passing. ;)

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  5. Children get SO attached to their toys...even beyond their years.

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  6. LOL we have to do this really soon. I'm waiting on a rainy day which is not really likely this time of year unless there's a tropical storm in the area like last week. But the over flowing toy box makes his room look junky. I am sure there's stuff in there that he said not to throw away last year that still hasn't been touched. ;-)

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    1. And Legos... lol
      I read your post. I still haven't emptied the two Legos out of our vacuum. I forgot. ;)

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  7. You just made me feel like I am not such a terrible mother for laughing at this myself!! Seriously, there are times we just need to laugh, because it is kind of ironic and funny all the same. Trust me I have been there too and you aren't alone in the least!!

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    1. It's funny that we're sad for them and laughing at them at the same time. Still... both are warranted, lolol

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  8. Oh that made me laugh! I read it to my daughter who said awwwwwww! She feels his pain! My kids won't get rid of their stuff either.

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    1. Now that you've mentioned your daughter, I'm sure glad mine wasn't up. She'd have wanted to go out there and get it if she heard him, I already know. ;)

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  9. Awww! My son loves his "He-Man" action figures. He is 34, and I still have these toys stored for him.

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    1. I have a baby box for each of my kids and they all have a toy or two that made the 'super special' cut. :)

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  10. That's cute. Sounds like he could use a new one Mom! lol!

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    1. He's got enough toys, I'd like to clear out more (when he's sleeping, of course ;) ).

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  11. Poor little guy. I know how he feels. I still haven't convinced myself to part with some of my favorite size 2 clothes, even though the likelihood of me ever getting my aging arse in them again is slim to none.

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    1. I don't think I fit into a size 2 eve when I was 14. If ever I did, never would I part with them either. ;)

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  12. Awww, poor kid. My kids always seem to get sentimental when I pass on items they've outgrown, too.

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    1. He made me laugh, but I still felt it for him. I knew too that he'd recover quickly, and he did. ;)

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  13. Oh Rosey - I can remember wanting to throw away my son's Buddy doll - do you remember those?
    He dragged it out of the garbage ( 5 years old ) and hid it under the balcony all winter lol..............
    And when I finally discovered it and threw it out that Spring - he cried " but you had no right " and promptly laid the clothes out on his bed that Buddy wore - a little motorcycle jacket LOL - felt guilty for a long time about that!
    " goodbye my favorite motorcyle " lol - in a sad way
    XOX

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    1. Aww.

      I do vaguely remember the Buddy dolls. They were pretty big weren't they? My Buddy...My Buddy... My Buddy and me! That's the song, right? :)

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  14. Good for you for throwing it out. All our outgrown toys are in the attic waiting for fictional grandchildren who probably won't want them anyway.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL, the future baby grands might LOVE those toys. :)

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  15. Awww...poor kid...But it will make another kid very happy :)

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    1. I was thinking that too, that some kid was going to be happy later that night. :)

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  16. LOL! Too funny! My kids love to hold onto stuff too, but thankfully they allow me to get rid of things when they're too big for them. They've gotten so used to me getting rid of stuff that they occasionally ask for me to get rid of things they've outgrown now! If only they'd ask for me to get rid of even more ;-)

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    1. I love that they ask you to get rid of things. That never happens here. ;)

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  17. LOL... my Daughter used to be the same way when I tried to get rid of her things.... all of a sudden, it became her favorite.

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  18. Awww, poor guy, but this is too funny! I can't say much because I know I've probably done the same thing before too haha.

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    1. I think we all have when we were kids. :)

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  19. You inspired me to get this done. A day with a heat index of 108 might as well be a rainy day. Christopher's room is wonderfully clean after some negotiations.

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    1. I saw your 'after' picture, it was looking good!

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  20. my daughter does the same thing and she is 11, something that she hasn't touched in a year or two all of a sudden becomes "that favorite thing" that mommy either donated or threw out. If I kept everything that she ever had, I explain, the house would end up looking like something out of Hoarders (which she has seen before) lucky she is old enough now to understand a bit more but it's tough at times, but your little one will soon forget about it and move on.

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    1. I haven't seen the show, but I've seen my son's bedroom if left unchecked and I bet they run along the same lines. ;)

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  21. When I was a kid, I remember holding on to stuff. But now that I'm much older- and wiser, I hope- I have learned to let go of things I no longer have any use for. De-cluttering has now become a habit. I end up feeling lighter, and with more room for new stuff.

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    1. I love clean! and to me clean means uncluttered!

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  22. No no.... You're supposed to stuff all things like that in the garage or attic until it's bursting at the seams, then 60 years later you have antiques. Hahahaha

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    1. Ha, who among us hasn't thought at one time or another, "I wish my mom would have kept THAT toy!" You may be on to something here. ;)

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  23. I can understand your son Rosey!:) Even as adults we sometimes hold on to things that we no longer use!

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    1. I'm guilty of it every once in awhile too, Judy. :)

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  24. I remember doing this with my 3 boys. Gotta part with toys you outgrow :)

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    1. No kidding, it'd look like a toy store after four kids if we didn't. :)

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  25. Awwww...poor little guy! I always hated having to do this to my kids. We used to have garage sales and they would run out there and sneak their stuff back inside the house!

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    1. I can see something like that happening here too. ;)

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  26. Poor little man. This makes a strong case that we become attached to our stuff at a very young age. It is so hard to let our favorite things go... even when they become impractical or completely not usable. Maybe you have saved him from becoming a Pack Rat????

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    1. Whew, he does have typical 5-yr old pack rat tendencies. lol He'd keep everything if you let him.

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  27. Sometimes it's hard to let go of our old toys!

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  28. It is Murphy's Law. They haven't looked at it in a year, yet the second you want to get ride of it, it is like you are trying to cut off their right arm! What is that all about??

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  29. broxton is the same way... you should have seen him at the yard sale...

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    1. Goodness if my children don't want a yard sale. I always tell them no. I can't even imagine. ;)

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  30. Oh, you are going to love my post tomorrow :) I am a trash picking queen. I have just picked up 2 ride on toys and my mom just got an awesome bench people were just tossing out.

    My kids get all sentimental over seeing their toys move on to someone new too, even when they haven't touched them in years!

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    1. I did love your post. That Batman Motorcycle was rocking!

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  31. It happens and then you think why did you stop using it.????

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    1. He was way too tall to use it anymore, no idea why he wanted to keep it. I guess because it was his, that's a big deal (ownership rights) when you're five. ;)

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  32. I know the feeling. My kids are the same way. Haven't touched it in a year and then weep over giving it over to someone else :)

    He'll ...well maybe forget it soon.

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    1. He did forget it just a few minutes after it left. ;)

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  33. It's funny how kids don't play with toys, then it's their favorite one once they realize it's going bye-bye.

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  34. They always want to horde everything away

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  35. Aww...but, I totally understand. Been there, done that. The first few times I threw stuff away where my son could see was emotional torture. I wanted to laugh at his reasoning for wanting to keep the needless items, but at the same time his sorrow was tugging at my heart strings. This lead me to the idea of throwing stuff away when he was not around. By the time the 2nd child came I became an expert at getting rid of the clutter. Hubby things included! lol

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    1. Whew, don't even mention the husband...he's the worst of all of them for never wanting to get rid of things. ;)

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  36. This is a hard one for us too. I have been making my daughter giveaway things since she was 3..but my son who is newly three is way to young to understand. I have to give things away in secret. So sweet to know that you are always giving back. I'm not surprised - you have such a beautiful heart. :)

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    1. What a wonderfully nice comment to leave, Monica. Thank you!

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  37. This is why we have to give things away in secret. Our Goodwill donations end up in black plastic trash bags. It can be a toy the 2yo hasn't seen in a year, and she will cry like I gave away her blanket.

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    1. Black plastic bags...duh! That's in our future. :)

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  38. I put things on our curb for people to take too :) More than once my kids have been upset when they outgrew something and someone took it from the curb!

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    1. It's hard to be sneaky about it too if they're home. ;)

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  39. ahhh, goodbye favorite motorcycle. Kids crack me up. It will have a new rider who fits it soon. It needs to be ridden I'm sure that will make him happy to know. Unfortunately we can't leave things by our garbage here. We have to haul it away. We take everything we can to the local MS thrift shop. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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    1. That's how it is in GA where one of my SIL's lives. :)

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