A Fine Collection Indeed

FunMondayButton For a variety of reasons, it’s been a long time since I’ve played Fun Monday.  (Some of those reasons might possibly include because I haven’t been blogging, but we won’t mention that!)  I signed up at Mariposa’s without really paying attention to what the topic was. 

It turns out, she wanted to know all about our collections.  Piece of cake, right? Hmmm….maybe not. 

When I was a young girl, I collected dolls.  I’m not sure where they all came from, but I ended up with a really nice collection.  Then one day, I decided it was too babyish for me and I got rid of them all.  Well…all except my very favorite one, which I still have today.

My new collection became owls.  How I adored owls of every sort.  (It makes me smile to think that they are becoming an “in” thing).  After that, it was geese.  I lost my interest in them when I started noticing them everywhere.  (I have a thing about not wanting to be like everyone else) So, I ditched the geese.

Over the years, I realized that I had really started to love frogs.  (Is it weird that I wanted “I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog” played for the first dance at our wedding? Sadly, our DJ couldn’t find a copy of it and we had to settle for Mozart). 

My collection of sweet little froggies wasn’t one that I could easily give up… even when they got to be trendy.  I’ve loved frogs steadily for over twenty years now (Geez, I must be getting old!)   It seemed as though everyone I knew was aware of my enjoyment of frogs and often surprised me with little frogs they had come across. As much as I treasured each and every one of these thoughtful treasures, it had gotten to the point that frogs had taken over our home.

So, I took a deep breath and started casually mentioning that I was so over the whole frog thing.  I told everyone that I had finally grown out of them and was going to box my collection up and give it to Good Will.  Slowly, the steady steam of amphibian gifts slowed down and we were able to walk through a house free of frog pillows, frog door stops, frog wall hangings, frog figurines, frog…well you get the picture.

Sometimes…late at night…when no one is around….I go out in the garage and quietly pry open the lid of a huge cardboard box.  It seems as though this particular box still hasn’t quite made it out to the curb when the donation truck comes by.  Those poor little froggies, they get lonely and need me to visit them sometimes. 

They know I still love them…

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33 Responses to A Fine Collection Indeed

  1. Cheryl says:

    Like you said, collections can become…old. Especially when others decide to add to it. I used to collect the artwork of P. Buckley Moss. All museum quality framing. All under my bed. The frogs, thank goodness, are all miniatures. And only one of the yard ornaments was a gift, thank goodness. It’s the one I like least.

  2. Molly says:

    I am smiling at your post. “Sometimes…late at night…when no one is around….I go out in the garage…Those poor little froggies, they get lonely and need me to visit them sometimes.” is very touching.

  3. Jerri Wood says:

    Ribit, they are calling you…..
    so funny…..

  4. Sayre says:

    How sweet your devotion to your remaining froggies…

  5. I think that’s exactly why I’ve never collected anything. I did Lladro Christmas bells for a while, but even they started to get on my nerves.

  6. Cazzie says:

    Frogs are too cute!! My love is for pelicans, lol, I have a great big cement one in the garden. When we move house I take him with me…and he is one heavy bugger!!

  7. mrs darling says:

    My daughter had a frog collection in junior high and she still gets frogs too. She too is trying to get past it. LOL

  8. Jay says:

    The frogs love you too. Well, they aren’t happy about all being stuffed into a box and stored in the garage, but they still love you anyway. 😉

  9. Patsy says:

    Hey, I have been in your garage! You didn’t tell about all those other boxes marked: dolls; owls; scrapbook supplies; etc. Oh! wasn’t I suppose to tell.

  10. Susan says:

    Cheryl~I think people like collectors because you always know what to get them then. Only sometimes it can get overwhelming.

    Molly~Yeah…I’m a bit sentimental…

    Jerri~I hear them!

    Sayre~Sweet…pathetic…meh 🙂

    Hi Jenny~ lol

    Jenn~Really? Not even as a kid???

    Cazzie~I can just picture you hauling around a huge ol’ pelican 🙂

    Mrs. D~ Still? From jr high? Wow…those are some dedicated friends she has!

  11. Susan says:

    Jay~Oops! You snuck in! Thank you for reassuring me that the froggies still love me. I’m sure they would tell me themselves, but…well…you know…

    MOTHER!!! Who let you back online anyways???

  12. chantelle says:

    awww! I love froggies too! i dont collect them though i did convince my mother when i was younger (and still lived at home) to make our downstairs bathroom a frog haven lol

    thanks for stopping by my site and don’t worry i wont count your words either lol!

  13. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Ahhhh, so cute, you still love the frogs. 😉

  14. Renate says:

    I used to collect all things related to Lighthouses. Our former office upstairs had lots of lighthouse pictures, a lighthouse wallpaper border, etc., etc. I finally gave it all up when I turned that room into a playroom for the grandkids. I shudder to think of how much money I spent over the years having all those pictures professionally framed. Since I couldn’t get rid of them even at a garage sale, they all ended up at Goodwill.

  15. Yes, collections can take over. My husband collected skulls long ago when we met, they were around his apartment and room! It was a collection that had to go. he has a few favorites he brings out on halloween. Sweet post!

  16. chrisb says:

    Ha I love your froggy story 🙂

  17. Meg says:

    I’m still a doll collector–you can see some of them in my Header on my blog–and think that you should let those froggies out for some fresh air!

  18. Karina says:

    I love froggies! I feel the same way as you about not wanting to collect something once it’s “everywhere”. I was collecting my Betty Boop stuff long before she was everywhere, and it annoys me that now everyone has Betty Boop stuff…but I can’t seem to stop buying her stuff anyway! lol

  19. Mrs. G. says:

    Susan, free those frogs!

  20. Most of my friends have had several collections over the years as you have described. I found it challenging enough to just have teapots.

  21. Rachel says:

    Frogs are soooo cute! They would have to be the favorite of mine, that you have metioned. Have you started collecting anything else?

  22. Alison says:

    you are too funny….I with you about not being trendy!!

  23. IamwhoIam says:

    I’m in love with a Big Blue Frog, time for me to google. Change is good. I sure hope my square isn’t brown again.

  24. I really enjoyed this story. And I so identified with your desire not to do what everyone else is doing.

  25. Pamela says:

    I watched one of those shows that tell strange but true stories.
    One story was about a woman who collected frogs. She grew old – ill and passed away.
    At her funeral there was a beautiful spray of flowers on the casket. During the eulogy a little croaking sound came from the casket.

    The service stopped for a moment — and they discovered a little frog in the flowers — singing away to its hearts content.

  26. Frances says:

    I can see you on my mind’s screen prying open that box.
    Sending my best to you and yours.
    Frances

  27. Mariposa says:

    Dolls is a collection…and owls, sounds cool!

    Thanks for playing…

  28. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Frogs, ah the lovely greenness. 🙂 My mom has always loved frogs and we keep her supplied in frogs of different kinds. The best ones are probably the ones the kids and I got her about 10 years ago. Live fire-bellied toads. She’s down to just one or two alive and she has to keep the grandkids from getting them a “friend”. 🙂 She’s really ready for this gift to be over. 🙂

  29. my mom did that geese thing for years & i just loved it~~ it was so easy to find a gift for her. when i was in high school i had a passion for penguins & now my son does too. thanks for reminding me of some good memories!

  30. Ann says:

    awwwww! I love that you still visit them. When I was about 8 my brother and I started collecting real baby frogs from the pond down the street and we set them up in a very cush fashion in our garage. My dad put a kibash on the fun. He was always a party pooper!

  31. My “collection” got graduated to the attic when I got pregnant the second time. My son was 15 months and on the move and 100 or so dusty teddies that I had spent years collecting was not something that I wanted him slobbering over. There is no where to display them in our home so they are in plastic bags (with ventilation holes) in the attic. Some day they will come back down… some day.

  32. Jocelyn says:

    Currently, I’m collecting belly fat.