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I Didn’t Throw it Away

One of the things C and I wanted when we were renovating our home was a large built-in bookshelf. We both love books, and have amassed a significant number of books over the years, so it was important to have somewhere to store them. In fact, I still have a great number of books stashed away in my parents’ home, because we don’t have enough space here! 

Sadly, most of my childhood books were passed down to my younger cousins, and I think they were subsequently donated to The Salvation Army. I did keep four of these books, which honestly weren’t my favourites, but because they were special in their own ways.

These two books were book prizes that I received when I was in Primary One and Two respectively, for coming in third in the level. I never did win anything else after that, so it’s a good thing I kept these two books!

Book Prize for Primary One


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Book Prize for Primary Two


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This is a collection of Bible stories, which I plan to read with Noah when he is a little older. I guess I just like the idea of him reading one of my old books, and this is definitely a good book for that. We’ve been working on our Advent calendar, and most of the stories that I’ve selected can actually be found in this book. However, it is still too wordy for Noah, so I just let him flip through it and look at the pictures.

Bible Stories


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Noah flipping through the book


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This last book isn’t a storybook, but it was very much a part of my childhood too. My mum used to make me study it religiously, setting me homework, and testing me regularly on what I had learnt. When I entered secondary school, I still referred to it on occasion, and for some reason, never threw it away. I don’t know if there’s an updated version of it now, but I think it’s a good way to learn the basics, and maybe, I’ll use it with Noah next time too.

Grammar Book


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I used to play hockey, and this was the very first hockey stick I owned. Back then, I didn’t know how to choose a good hockey stick, so I erm, made my decision based on the colours, and went with this one, because I liked pink, and also because my best friend was getting the same one. I’ve kept every single one of my hockey sticks since then, but decided to just showcase this one, because it was my first.

My very first hockey stick


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The hockey sticks of today are quite different in terms of what they are made of, so I don’t think Noah will ever use this one, but I just can’t bring myself to throw all my old hockey sticks away. Noah already has a kid-sized hockey stick of his own, and I hope he will treasure his first ever hockey stick too.

Noah at 20 months old, with his very first hockey stick


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I’m currently curating a Keepsake Box for Noah, filled with things like his first painting, and his first movie ticket stub, though I haven’t been very diligent in keeping and labelling everything properly. I’ll blog about it when I finally get down to organising the items in the box, as I really hope that it will be something that Noah will appreciate when he is older. This blog is my way of preserving memories for him, and the Keepsake Box will be another way of doing so.

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This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “I Didn’t Throw It Away”.

We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn’t throw them away.

Next on the Blog train is Jiahui, a working mummy of 3 who quite conveniently uses her status to explain the lack of time to sort and clear the many things she has accumulated through the years. She blogs at Mum’s The Word. Join her to see some of the treasures she has!

Jiahui and family 


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CHRISTMAS BREAK!

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