Not sure how to title this.
I have most of the papers I wrote in college and grad school, as well as samples from students when I taught. Plus lesson plans and evaluations from when I student taught. They're all organized, but they are taking up some space, and I'm having a hard time letting them go.
Do I keep them? Purge them? Part of me wants to keep them to show the kids that I once had another life before being their mom (though being their mom is the best thing I've ever done). Letting them go makes me feel like I'm letting go of a part of who I once was.
Then I think I'm giving an awful lot of power to papers. If I had to grab things and go, these would not make the cut.
Why is it so hard to let them go? Has anyone else had a hard time letting go of past professional work (for lack of a better term)?