I was quite the collector in my youth. It all started with my marble collection at age five. I kept that valuable assortment of cateyes, steelies, and bumblebees of all sizes for years. I was really good and if you were good enough, you could win ALL the marbles the kids had in the neighborhood. I did that. Eventually, I would sell them back to the younger kids, as I started losing interest in the childish game. I was, after all, almost six and there were girls out there.
My next effort was a stamp collection I had when I was seven. Since we knew many military and embassy families, they all gave me their stamps from all over the world. Soon, my collection grew and eventually became worth something. Years later I would end up trading it for five pounds of Thai Stick. But enough of my shrewd business dealings.
When we lived in England, my first year there I was twelve. I was still kind of a kid because I took to collecting those little Matchbox vehicles like crazy. When I finally gave them away, I had over two hundred of the little buggers. They were awesome and did not require tedious assembly like the detailed models I used to get as presents.
So my question is: When is it obsessive-compulsive collecting and when is it hoarding? Is there a difference? I don’t understand the need to keep on collecting things just for the sake of doing so? No biggie. There’s a lot of things I don’t understand. But if collecting things is OC behavior, how does it conflict with keeping things clean and orderly? I’ve seen some of the places that hoarders do their thing. Just another human behavior I do not understand.
I admit to being OC. As much as I have courted chaos in my life, I like things neat clean, and orderly. Even at my worst, when I was sleeping wherever and with whomever, I always came home to my neat, clean, and orderly bachelor pad.
I’m trying to think of things that I continue to collect, but I think I am done with that phase. There are a few things I would like to see others collect. How about wishing for our country’s leadership to collect any remaining sentiments of patriotism we have for this once-great country, and give the American people something to rekindle our patriotism and restore our faith in? For starters. You also might want to conduct the august bodies of our Legislative Branch as a collective. For Christ’s sake, your own constituents are turning against you. You can only deliver so many body shots to a boxer before the cumulative effects take him down. And make no mistake; we are down. an educated population won’t hang with this.
I remember a day of fierce patriotism for this country. We need it back. Senate, Congress, Joe, and Kamala: Collect the stones to work together to restore our trust and confidence and bring it back.