Am I a Hoarder?

By Kyle Lovern

January 26, 2014

As Art Linkletter once said, “Kids say the darndest things.”

Now that I’m a “PawPaw” with four beautiful little granddaughters, I’m finding that out first hand. Here’s a recent example that happened this past weekend.

I went to pick-up Gracie and Gabbie on Saturday. After I pulled into the garage and we were getting out of the car, Grace, who is the oldest at 7 years of age, saw a particular item packed in a cardboard box.

She asked “PawPaw, why do you have this?” I replied, “Well, I just do. PawPaw likes to keep stuff in case I might need it later.”

Gracie then simply stated, quite earnestly, “So, you’re a hoarder?”

I can’t help but smile every time I think about this. Obviously she has seen one of the programs on television about people who keep a lot of items in their homes.

Now, I wouldn’t qualify myself as a hoarder, but my garage is packed pretty tightly. You see, I’ve been planning on having a garage sale for quite some time. So I think it best to “hold on” to certain items. Hey - don’t laugh - I might make an extra buck or two. I do like to collect old things - antiques if I can find a good deal now and then. I have a few items that I really like.

Heck, maybe I’ll make it on “Antiques Road Show,” when they come to Charleston this August! I’m sure I have a few things in the garage that I could toss in the garbage. But, I might also just have that hidden gem boxed up somewhere that will make me rich.

Of course, as many people know, I collect old pictures, both for my own nostalgic interest, as well as for my books. (I’m currently working on another “Memories of Tug Valley” book with more old photos).

One day, the younger generation will look back and hopefully be amazed at some of the historical and interesting old pictures from our past. It is a legacy that we need to fulfill.

For now, this old hoarder will still visit yard sales, flea markets and antique shops for more old “stuff.”

Maybe one day Gracie, her sister Gabbie, or two cousins, Reese and Ella, will follow in my footsteps.

If they can just get through my garage.

(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civtasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)