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In one of the stories in the upcoming May/June issue of Good Old Days, the writer tells us she has the urge every spring to clean out closets, but there's one thing in her wardrobe that she will never get rid of: her dad's varsity jacket from 1950. She keeps it as a reminder of her dad's ingenuity -- he created an informal football league when he lived in Cambridge, Mass., and somehow provided spiffy varsity jackets to each of the mostly ragtag players.

I understand her attachment to her dad's jacket. My husband and I both played sports in high school, and we have kept our varsity jackets tucked away in the basement storage room. When our kids had throwback "spirit days" at school, the jackets would come out of storage and be paraded around (and probably giggled over) for a day, and then they were safely deposited back in storage. It seems odd to keep two items for so long when we know they are of little use. But they have such sentimental value and elicit such wonderful memories that we are hesitant to get rid of them.

Likewise, I keep one of my dad's flannel shirts on a hook in my closet. Dad passed away over 10 years ago, but that flannel shirt of his is just too precious to part with. He wore it often. When I slip into it from time to time, it's like getting a flannel hug.

I agree with the story writer: Purging our belongings has its place, but some things deserve a permanent residence in our homes -- and in our hearts.

'Til next time,



Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What sentimental items from the past are you keeping and will probably never get rid of? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine!


Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.


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Trivia Answer

Jacqueline Cochran. On May 18, 1953, Cochran piloted an F-86 Sabre jet at 652 mph over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif.

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