Anonymous asked: Dear Zoltana,
On the subject of hoarding newspapers: I would never describe your maternal grandmother as a hoarder but she did have trouble throwing some things away. After I was born, she didn't have time to read the New York Times but she didn't cancel the subscription. She stockpiled several years of back issues in the cellar and they moved with us to a new home when I was five years old. Mother said she was saving the papers for the theater reviews. This was an ongoing source of friction between my parents. Periodically, my father would try to throw some of the papers away, causing my mother to weep. After she died, you inherited her ballpoint pen spring collection. I keep meaning to find the stash and send you a picture since I probably never threw them away, either, and they are still in your old room along with your stickers and stuffed panda bears.
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