What Would You Put on Display At the Museum Of Broken Relationships?

At this point in my life, I have enough memorabilia from broken relationships to fill an entire museum. As a writer, I tend to heal after a breakup by writing about it—helps me understand what went wrong. But there aren’t always words to express how painful, sad, annoying, or existentially confusing a breakup can be. And what about the physical, tangible objects left behind—the ones that you come across every so often in the garage that make you laugh, cry, or both. So, after hearing about some of the awesome projects at the Museum of Broken Relationships, a conceptual art museum in Croatia that attempts to create a space of “secure memory” and a safe place to get rid of “controversial objects” that trigger momentarily “undesirable” emotions, I started rummaging through some of my old broken-relationship booty to see what kind of project I could make. Here are my top 10 items.

  • Postcards from Florida
  • Dead, dried peonies
  • Plastic fortune-telling fish
  • My horoscope from August 28, 1998
  • “Twin Peaks” on VHS
  • Inscribed copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Black Chanel sunglasses
  • A “Reading is Sexy” bumper sticker
  • Palm tree salt and pepper shakers
  • A mix tape from 1992 including “November Rain,” “Jeremy,” “Pictures of You,” and “Summertime Rolls”
  • I won’t bore you with the stories. What I’m really curious about is this: What would you donate to the museum?