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Deleting narrative archive via email history.

by lillybrook on May 14, 2014   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr


5000. This is the number at the bottom of the Outlook screen. It seems unfathomable, considering that I delete anything I get at work that is either (1) not relevant or (2) taken care of.

5000

I begin to delete, searching key names so I can scroll through smaller sections at a time. It takes hours, and it tells stories.

I delete the story of an angry parent who considered me the primary obstacle to her daughter's success because I gave her a B+ in English class.

I delete the rise of an ambitious student from Staff Writer to Editor in Chief that began with an e-mail, "Now that I'm done with beginning journalism, what can I do next?"

I delete meeting transcripts that felt important at the time, but document decisions long-ago made with resolutions that are a memory.

It takes hours to strip away these small stories from my life -- emotional and mundane -- and I am nowhere near done.

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