Out with the old toys and in with the new

April 2, 2010 7:59:17 AM PDT
Invariably my son Jake never wants to clean out old toys or special shirts and jerseys. Things he hasn't played with in a year or two or worn for months suddenly become his most prized possession when I say it's time to clear some space for all the new Christmas loot. One year I tried doing a clean sweep when he was asleep. Of course, he found the bag of toys in our hall closet before I had time to drop it at the Salvation Army... and with a hurt, slightly accusatory voice he asked me "where are you taking my toys?" Back they went on his shelves after his lower lip began to quiver.