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    A stiletto shoe

    1966, six weeks, and 1998, a few hours
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    It was 1959, I was ten, T. was eleven. We were very much in love. When I told my mother...
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    A gingerbread cookie

    1 day
    Chicago, Illinois
    We met in the middle of Oktoberfest. I'm an American diplomat, he a bloke from Liverpoo...
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    An Exe Axe

    Berlin
    She was the first woman that I let move in with me. All my friends thought I needed to ...
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    A 3-volume Proust

    1983 - 2011
    London, UK
    These battered, sand-strewn volumes are emblematic of a long love relationship which ha...
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    A Galileo thermometer

    Fiery 6 months + heart-breaking 4 months = 10 months
    Taichung, Taiwan
    A teenage crush on campus. Now I am writing it all down in remembrance of the pure love...
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    Gift 3: Ceramic Heart

    2001- 2006
    San Francisco, California
    This is one of the two ceramic hearts that were fired in the sand on the beach at Pesca...
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    Two figurines

    10 years
    Dublin, Ireland
    These two little figurines symbolize my two children. Today they are in their thirties....
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    A key - bottle opener

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    You talked to me of love and presented me with small gifts every day; this is just one ...
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    Handcuffs

    2005
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Átame...
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    Frogs

    36 years
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Mom left when I was 3. This is one of the few Christmas gifts she has given me.
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    Our puppets

    More than 10 years
    Santoña (Cantabria), Spain
    These puppets were handmade by my ex-girlfriend, who gave them to me for my birthday. T...
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    A plush Snoopy

    30 years
    Leiden, Netherlands
    He gave Snoopy to me on my 17th birthday. We had fallen in love six months earlier, on...
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    An iron

    Stavanger, Norway
    This iron was used to iron my wedding suit. Now it is the only thing left.
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    A hamburger toy

    2011 - 2012
    Differdange, Luxembourg
    His dog left more traces behind than he did.
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    A Child's Pedal Car

    Prague, Czech Republic
    I waited almost 40 years to learn the meaning of the word love. Unfortunately, the inte...
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    A magnifying glass

    Manilla, Philippines
    She gave it to me as a remembrance before I left. I never did get why she gave a magni...

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