I keep a box of momentos from past loves ~ some as far back as high school.
All of my girlfriends do, too.
I'll be honest, not everyone I've been close to has something in the box. But, there are letters and photos (as you'd expect,) a collection of hand drawings, a note from a historic hotel beside a quaint Mexican resteraunt, a hard bound collection of everything we'd ever done together and even bottlecaps.
When I took the time to sit and think about why I've kept these things ~ and of course discuss it with friends over cocktails ~ we agreed that we all do it for the same reason. We want to remember what it felt like to be desired by someone special.
One could argue that if you're currently in a relationship, you should already feel desired. But everyone we've ever been with has helped us become the women we are today ~ for better or for worse. And, if there's a man who deserves to be remembered in the box, then he gave us something special and if you're the man we're with now, you should thank him.