As I posted the lunchbag cartoons on Facebook, I got asked more than once whether we were saving them or not.

The answer is: not.

These things aren’t meant to be permanent. They’re ephemeral. Each day they go out in the morning and come home in the afternoon, grease-stained and filled with orange peels and bread crusts, and when I clean out Kate’s backpack at the end of the day (or more likely, the next morning) they get tossed into the recycling bin along with all the other paper products we’ve consumed in the previous 24 hours.

Not everything is meant to be saved. We have too much stuff clogging up our lives as it is.