The artiFACTS of Life


Sometimes, when you’re rummaging through your old drawers and memory boxes, you come across the stupidest things that are on the one hand are completely ridiculous, but on the other, they’re so much fun. Being the Queen of nostalgia, I seldom like to throw little notes and gems like the example you see to my left here…

Yes, this one was created in high school when me and an old art buddy drudged up a sheet of white copy paper and had at the principal. The more we stared at the artist’s rendition, the more creative we got, which seems odd since we weren’t really all that creative in class. So it goes to show you that talent and ingenuity are truly the siblings of boredom which seems to have been (judging from the other little things I found) a lot.

There’s just something to be said about keeping memories. The more that time lags on, it seems that events get lost; recalled only when you least expect it. Perhaps there is an old view that constantly gets tossed around and becomes the subject of many a debate in later years, like say, who won a race or who did what during a sport tournament. When you save a souvenir, you encapsulize that moment forever. If you’re lucky, it can spin itself into a tradition that can linger way longer than the actual memory. It can morph into “legend” status; the stuff that is discussed and remininsced about long after you’ve gone. That’s what endures and that’s what’s so great about history. Think I’m wrong? Well, don’t people still celebrate The Civil War by dressing up in Union and Confederate regalia to host mock reenactments? Of course they do. Collectors love this stuff because it gives them an opportunity to put a price tag on something that would have normally gone the way of the Dodo, the forgotten annals of societies that pre-date history and into extinction. People love the stuff because it helps them take pride in their pasts marveling at how far we’ve come while dismissing other advancements.

If you’ve ever said any of the following, then I’m sorry to say, you are a nostalgist (like me~yea!):

  • “They just don’t make ’em like they used to.”
  • “They used to be cheaper.”
  • “I remember when…”
  • “Doctors used to make house calls.”
  • “When I was your age…”

These are just a few that I could think of off the top of my head. So go ahead and rummage through your attics, raid your storage spaces, and look through your yearbooks. I’m sure that you can find a few surprises in there that will put a smile on your face or make you laugh out loud ~ in spite of yourself. Eh, Tootie?

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About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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