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Re: Collecting


Noreen,
Maybe "collecting" was the wrong word.   Another way to put it would be
"What sort of things to you seem to have an affinity for and consequently
tend to gather to you?"  I have an affinity for cats and like to have them
around me.  In this sense, your question "> why do we collect things that
really have no use??? "  doesn't really apply.  They do have a use - they
make us smile, they comfort us, make us feel secure, give a feeling of
accomplishment, etc., - all uses that we assign to them.  Over time our
needs shift as we mature and those things don't necessarily fill our needs
anymore and we find ourselves believing we wasted money on them (unless of
course you made a killing on eBay with them)  But I don't thinks so.  You
gathered these things for a reason that was valid at the time.

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Collecting


> What is there besides plants and books???   HA!  Just  kidding.  Actually
I
> really don't think I actively collect anything now  other than plants
> ......mostly epiphytes ( orchids, bromeliads, ferns,  etc), bonsai,
caudiciforms, Tx.
> native plants, and some tropical fruits (thanks  to Jim) .  I personally
think
> that people that collect, don't really do so  because they necessarily
like
> the items, it's more of an  addiction.  Hi, my name is Noreen, and I'm a
> compulsive collector.   AGH!
>
> In my lifetime I've collected so many things, many of which I no  longer
> collect, others of which I add to on occasion, but unfortunately I think
I still
> have all the collections, or at least that I know of. I usually  tend to
> collect things that are difficult to find or limited, this way it  keeps
my
> compulsion to a manageable minimum (size and price  wise).   Geeze, do I
really want
> to divulge all this in  public???  Perhaps it's like therapy??  One good
> thing, is that I've  begun to actually make use of things....well perhaps
not
> really USE them, but at  least display them and get them out of boxes.
What's the
> point of having  things if they are in boxes, right??  But it makes me
wonder,
> why do we  collect things that really have no use???
>
> The one thing that I do still actively seem to add to despite knowing  we
> have enough already, although I would not call it a collection...but
rather
> accumulation, like the books.......holiday decorations.  I love holidays
and
> decorating the house.  I think I like the change in scenery more than
anything.
> Probably why I like plants.....each season brings on a whole new  look.
It's
> like Christmas to open the boxes and take out the decorations  for the
> upcoming holiday.  When I have to box everything back up again is  when I
wonder
> about my sanity, what was I thinking???   (smile)
>
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
>
> In a message dated 7/28/2005 5:54:45 PM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
> So what  do you collect?  besides plants.
>
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