“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.” – Walter Benjamin
The Holidays! Many will play host to family and friends this holiday season. And many of the invited will be children. Above the cacophony of video game consoles and mobile devices, you might hear the distant sounds of memory of calmer, quieter times. That’s when the background noise consisted of things like water boiling on the stove, toy train tracks being driven upon, and perhaps even the faint ringing of holiday music. One might think that spending some quality time with one’s stamp collection would have to wait until some time early next year. But make no mistake. Collecting Stamps can be a family hobby and even become a tradition.
Here are some thoughts to consider if you plan to bring your collection out before children this holiday season:
Don’t be afraid to work with your collection in front of others.
– Eventually curious minds will want to know what you’re so interested in. And a curious mind is one that can be shaped, molded, and filled with quality thoughts and ideas.
Don’t be afraid to answer questions.
– Often children don’t appear to be listening when they are actually absorbing detail. At the very least, they may recall in years to come that fascinating hobby by which they saw you being quietly entertained.
Don’t be afraid to teach respect for collectibles.
– How many things were you fascinated by as a child that you were told not to touch?
Don’t allow yourself to become frustrated.
– Not every child will grow to appreciate collecting the same things you do. But they will very likely develop an appreciation and respect for meaningful hobbies if you nurture those things.
Draw parallels between video games and stamp collecting.
– Ask if they have to collect anything in their favorite games. Things like artifacts, weaponry, gems, and characters are collected to progress in many popular modern video games.
Above all, enjoy the time together however brief.
– If you find yourself recalling your time together fondly, likely they will do the same!