I just got done having a talk with a subordinate, she is 23 never married, no kids. She just moved in with her boyfriend of 6 weeks, he is 29 divorced with 2 children.
The issue he was cleaning out stuff he had in storage to move into a new apartment together, he put stuff in storage when he moved out of the home with his now exwife. He threw away cards that she(XW) had sent when he was on deployment , while they were married. New GF GETS THEM OUT OF THE TRASH!! and reads them and gets mad that he still has them. Her attitude sucked today and I called her on it, she then proceeded to cry and tell me the story. I had a hard time not rolling my eyes, I asked her why she read them, she had to she needed to know what XW used to write. Of course a huge fight ensued and she thinks he is a jerk.
I told her that last May when I moved I also found "love" letter from EX's and I threw them away also, no big deal. According to her immediately upon separation or divorce you should get rid of everything that links you to the EX...I told her I really like my kids, so there's that. I think this girl is going to have a great time.
So the question would you have read them? I would have but I would not have picked them out of the trash. I'm nosy like that but if my feelings got hurt I can only blame my self.