Added benefits of collecting

When I was in college (which is more years ago than I like to admit), I used to get together with a few friends and play Trivial Pursuit (the original Genus edition). Fun times, fun times!

another piece of the pie.jpgOccasionally my cousin John would join us. John is a stamp collector. He caught the bug from our grandfather (whose birthday is today, in fact — Happy Birthday Grandpa! … he’s 90 today). But I digress …

John never went on to school after high school. He’s a regular blue-collar kind of guy. But I tell you what: John kicks my butt at geography and 20th century history. And I went on to college to get a degree in history!

I believe my dear cousin is so good in those areas because of his stamp collecting hobby. Holding an item in your hand from another country, another time, piques your curiosity so you have a reason to learn more about whatever it is. And it doesn’t really matter what it is. It could be a matchbook, a postcard, a piece of furniture or treen — it really doesn’t matter.

I think these old items we tend to collect give us a reason to learn more.

What do you think? How much more to collecting is there than just gathering? Is the acquisition of a piece the starting block for you? Or is it the finish line?

Post a reply here and let us know what you think.

(By the way, I usually came out ahead on the Science & Nature and Arts & Literature questions.)

— Posted by Karen

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