My in-laws gave Heather this lovely mouse pad, back when our boys were about 2 and 4. The oldest is now in college.
Things fall apart. In this case, the rubber on the back of the pad started to deteriorate. Fine powder began spreading around the home-office… time for the trash bin.
But thanks to the wonders of technology, I can remember that mouse pad for many years to come.
I would urge you to do the same. Take a photo, and then throw the darn thing away.