Hey, girlfriends: what do you call trinkets and other mementos that remind you from sad times in your life?
Well, I coined a word for them — “miserabilia”. Like so many other words, it comes from the Latin — “misery” or “miserable”.
Okay, I lied about that one. Still, some of us still have them in drawers or jewelry boxes, somewhere, never to be worn again.
Necklaces, bracelets, earrings — even rings. We happen onto these relics from “other lives” while we are rummaging for something else: loose change or forgotten $100 bills.
So, what do you do with them? Wear them, anyway, thinking, “They are mine. So, what the heck?” Hold your breath and pitch them into the “give-away” pile? Sell them at garage sales? Relegate them to deep, dark drawers. Find a way to turn old into new?
And what about those “selfies” of you and ol’ “Mr. Wrong”? Before my husband and I married, I exorcised those suckers as fast as my finger could delete, delete, delete and freed some space to store a lifetime of happy memories with my “Mr. Right”.
Yes, some memories are worth re-visiting. Other memories — and trinkets — are best forgotten, in favor of newer and happier ones with your soul mate.
So, ladies, what did you do with baubles from other beaux?