I am not sentimental.
From Oxford Languages we get sentimental as “of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness or nostalgia”
So what does it mean when I say that I am not sentimental? Does it mean that I am never prompted by these feelings?
Well yes. And no.
My walls are covered with framed drawing that my daughter did in elementary school. I have a portfolio filled with snippets of her work from middle school and some of high school. I have a folder in my email box with the letters of things that she has won. These things make me happy. They could also fit in a medium sized box.
I have pictures of my friends on my desk and shelf. I have one trinket that my Mom gave me and one trinket that my Dad gave me on a shelf in my bedroom. On that same shelf sits a few ornamental cats that my Husband bought me on our first vacation together and our honeymoon. Above my vanity sits an old Mother’s Day card from my daughter. In my nightstand sits a tee shirt from a treasured friend whom I don’t get to see very often.
I am sentimental about this handful of things. These things have meaning for me. Two medium sized boxes of goods.
I am sentimental about my memories. Doesn’t everyone love a good memory?
But I refuse to live in the past. I am pretty happy living in the present.
I think that is were the difference lies: some people prefer to think back over the past moments of their lives. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s just not me.
There are also people who are constantly living in the future. When I was in High School, my best friends family was constantly telling her things like: “Sure. Person X has a 10 speed bike now. But will her family be able to pay for college?” They were so hyper focused on preparing for the future that they didn’t leave anything for the present. I’m not telling people how to spend their money. But, you know…balance…FYI- not a sentimental bone in these people’s bodies.
How do you define sentimental? If you were writing a book and you wanted your character to be sentimental, how would you describe the character? What adjectives would you use? What devices would you employ to prove to the reader that you want this character to be sentimental?
Do you think you are sentimental? Do you ever wish you were more or less sentimental?
The definition I stated referred to sentimental as “sad”. Do you think sad when you think sentimental?
Give me 25 words or less on sentimental…