My Strange Addiction

May 03, 2013

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Addicted To Quotes
I think I may be a hoarder.  This is not easy for me to admit, but like any rational person looking for a diagnosis I just Googled it and according to I have been engaging in some very characteristic hoarding behavior.  Look here:

Hoard - to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use. 

That's it.

I have it.

I am definitely a hoarder.

Even A Fish Wouldn't Get Into Trouble...

I really don't know how this happened, I am not typically a collector at all. I do not like junk, I have a relatively small house and I don't deal well with clutter and mess; it aggravates my decorating OCD enormously. Yet, somehow, someway since I started writing this blog, I have indeed begun needing, collecting and hiding.

I was worried that it wasn't normal and now Google has confirmed it.

Oh boy.

Prevailing wisdom says that one must admit to a problem before they can get well. So, in an effort to obtain a better state of mental health, I admit it.  

I am a hoarder.  

I collect...quotes.  

Wrinkles Should Merely Indicate Where Smiles Have Been
Wrinkles Should Merely Indicate...

Ah, there  it is, I said it...I COLLECT QUOTES! 

I don't know how it started, really, I have always liked words, metaphors, sayings. They appeal to the romantic in me. I love the deep sentiments that make me think and, for some reason, when an ugly or unpleasant thought is camouflaged in the charm of a quote, it's so much easier to deal with.  

Even better, some quotes are really funny, but generally I find that most of them contain life's little truths. The perfect words for any situation wrapped up in a neat little package that I can easily recall when an appropriate situation arises.  

I love that. 

The Death Of Any Loved Parent
The Death Of Any Loved Parent...

Before the blog, my exposure to quotes was fleeting. I would occasionally run across them here and there, but now I am on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and reading other blogs just about every day.  There is a constant barrage of words floating across my screen and try as I do, I cannot look away.  I read them, ponder them, seek them out and then, I hide them.  

I do. 

I have a secret board on Pinterest, where I keep quotes that I think I may need for my blog in the future. I have a word file where I place other quotes, those un-pinable quotes that I just hear or read in books or magazines. I have a lot, too many to count, too many to ever write about....and some of them are not really for "work" anyway. They are the inappropriate quotes, the ones that make me laugh.


I could just read them all and let them go. But I can't. 

I keep them. 

Every Ordinary Day Is Truly An Extraordinary Day
Every Ordinary Day Is Truly An Extraordinary Day

When I was teaching, one of my favorite stories to read to the kids in the fall was Frederick, by Leo Lionni. It's a super sweet story about a family of mice preparing for winter. Everyone is working hard gathering supplies to keep them well fed and warm during the cold, everyone except Frederick. 

He just lays about and when asked why by his family, he tells them that he is working, he's collecting the warm rays of the sun, the colors of summer and words. They mock him, but of course, when they all run out of food, Frederick comes to the rescue with a simple poem.  

Words save the day.   

One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure

I love that story, but I'm just not sure if it's as charming when a middle aged housewife is stashing a bunch of quotes online to whip out at some undetermined point in the future, simply to have content for her blog...but at this point I can't stop myself.

So I guess it doesn't really matter.

Am I the only hoarder out there? 

What do you collect?  (It's ok, I won't tell anyone - I swear!)

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  1. I collect Owls. Books. Tacky Socks and apparently a few lady products. and I could probably supply a sorority house full with just what I have in one basket. LOL

    weird I know and not I didnt mean to collect those lady products. Just happened.

    1. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment...Hmmm, I don't think I have a children's story that would relate to your collection ;)

  2. I collect fertility icons. It started as a bit of a joke pre-kids when I was fertility challenged. But though I now have two and have hung up my ovaries, I still can't resist their fecund fabulousness. :-)

    1. I am glad that they worked! Now perhaps they spread their luck so that you are fruitful in other areas of you life! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I LOVE Quotes too! I would use it all the time when I was in Corporate Training. I even have a pinterest board on quotes too. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this @ The Show Off Blog Party :)

    The Wondering Brain

    1. Thanks Jessica! Now I'll have to check out your Pinterest board! I'm salivating already! ;)

  4. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you're having a splendid week.


    1. Thanks for hosting Jennifer and thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Okay...someday we will have to trade....I have an entire folder on my computer chuck full of quotes and sayings....
    Shrug.....they don't take up much space, and they entertain me :^)
    "I smile because I haven't the faintest idea what is going on"

  6. Kindred spirits! I keep mine on Pinterest...I am very new to it, but it's a great way to keep ideas you don't have room to store anywhere else! :)

  7. What do I hoard? Scrap wood. Vintage textiles. Paint - craft and latex. Lamps. Amber glassware. Serving pieces. (Those last two are definitely a real "hoarding" thing, because I'm saving them for future use, but there is hardly ever a "future" event.) Tools. Thumb/flash drives with who knows what on them. Chairs, both overstuffed and dining. Craft supplies that I can never find when I need them, or don't ever seem to have a use for. Fall and Christmas decor.
    That ought to be enough, right?? But when want to change up the decor, I rarely have to go shopping anywhere but my junk room. (Oh, how I miss my basement!)

    1. I have been trying to purge my things, Nancy, there is just too much of it. Unlike you, I forget what I have and it all goes unused for too long. Then I end up with duplicates (especially when it comes to the craft supplies)! Words are easy for me to hoard. They take up less space. ;)

  8. I have notebooks with quotes, a pinterest board with quotes and a file in my documents with quotes. I wish that is all that I tend to hoard, but alas .. that is only a portion of it. I am trying to "let go" but it is hard.

    1. Oh, I have those same notebooks. I am running out of room to store them all, but the words, I can't let go either. A blog does help...I can keep my words online. I highly recommend it!


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