Collections

When I was a child I collected the usual stuff – badges (which I stupidly sold in a car boot in the 1990s and included such gems as Wimpy Homes and the muppets at Selfridges) and rubbers. Not that I ever had anywhere near as many as my friend Chloe whose collection was vast and smelled exotic.

My youngest daughter collects badges and rubbers after a fashion and mostly because Father Christmas keeps giving them to her. This is where the usual collections stop.

IMG_2520Her main fascination remains bugs, specifically millipedes. She’s had a tank of woodlice in her bedroom, a giant millipede who unfortunately died of cold and a series of other millipedes of varying sizes. Today three new millipedes arrived and the excitement level was ridiculous. Apparently they are called Rocket, Sky and Ocean. I hope she stops spending her money on millipedes now (otherwise we’ll have to get a bigger tank), but I also hope she never loses her love for invertebrates which is a phrase I didn’t imagine writing.

T is 11 and collects all things Harry Potter (which of course isn’t that odd). But in addition she has now decided to collect as many of the elements as she can. I blame ‘Itch’ by Simon Mayo a little, but she’s had a fascination in the periodic table for a while. She bought a book on it. It’s a good thing that being a geek is cool as she is throwing her hat firmly in the geek ring.

So when other children are heading down the toy shop, T has been on Ebay buying any elements she can afford that aren’t radioactive. As a consequence my Facebook timeline keeps trying to sell me titanium.

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Another current enthusiasm is survival. Last week she went sales shopping looking all set for getting lost in the wilderness. For Christmas she actually asked for rope. I wouldn’t change my fascinating wonderful girls for the world.

Me? What do I collect? Well I have a love for old advertising and quirky kitchen paraphernalia (especially Homepride men). But mostly I’m trying to collect moments of calm. It’s not going too well.

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