It’s just a truck…

Faded-yellow, rusted, old.

A remnant from when my kids were younger.

They used to push it around the yard and make noises like an engine.

They used to fill it with rocks and dirt then dump it out.

It’s just a truck.

But today, when I walked by it in the far corner of our yard, I was struck by the fact that I’ve kept it all these years. Me…someone who constantly cleans out and gives things away…I still have this truck.

This faded-yellow, rusted truck.

And as I thought about it, I realized

it’s more than a truck…

It’s summertime laughter in the backyard.

It’s popsicles and sandboxes and running around in bare feet.

It’s arms reaching up, calling, “Mama,” in sweet two-year-old voices.

It’s play dates and a yard filled with giggles

and swimming

and cries

and scraped knees.

It’s babies, and toddlers, and kids,

and moms,

gathered together,




I stood there and looked at that truck

and smiled,


and knowing I really should give it away.

But then I thought…

maybe it’s too battered and rusty to give to someone else.

Maybe I’ll just hang onto it for a little while longer.

In case my niece or nephews want to play with it when they are over.

Just in case. :)


  1. I have lots of "just in case" items…and I don't have nieces or nephews that are younger than my own children. You hang on to that truck…it's a precious memory that I bet you will find a creative way to keep it…battered, rusty and all!Peace and blessings.Jeanine

  2. I LOVE this post for so many reasons!!! thank you for writing it…I have things around here that are like that from when my girls were small. I love the reminders.

  3. Our truck just like that had to be picked up 3 days ago so it wouldn't get buried in the coming snow storm.I think you need to keep it. smile.

  4. How special to still have that little yellow truck. Sadly, I am a person who tosses things impulsively. I hardly have anything my children played with when they were little.

  5. This is lovely. And why I can never throw out sentimental things, even when they are old.

  6. I loved this post. I have such a difficult time giving away things that my kids outgrow. I get too sentimental, and just end up keeping the item!

  7. Keep It! My husbands mom has the tractor from when he was a little boy and it is now my 3 year old's favorite thing to play with when we go to her house!

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