Every day, the daycare gives me at least three or four pieces of my younger daughter's artwork to bring home with me. While it's nice to see her work, let's be honest here: I'm going to throw it out. If I didn't throw out 99% of her artwork, my house would have dissolved into one of those hoarders shows where I'd have to navigate between mountains of popsicle stick towers and hills of macaroni art.
I still feel really bad when I throw out her pictures though. I have to put them in a separate trash from the regular trash, so she doesn't find out. Except one day my husband was changing our alternative trash can, and she saw all her pictures lying on top of the garbage pile.
"What are all my beautiful pictures doing in here?!" she cried, incredibly offended. We then had to rescue all her pictures from the garbage. (Don't worry, I threw them away again that night when she was in bed.)
I'm not sure what to do about this. Obviously, I can't save her artwork. But she seems so hurt the few times she's realized I've been throwing it all away. Is this the sort of thing she's going to be describing 20 years from now in therapy sessions?