The discovery of items that were beautiful, old, and interesting. Four boxes of them. Each box was labeled “Treasures.” When we removed the top what we found were typewritten lists that not only named the items inside, it explained where they came from, and how that original owner was related or not related to us, and how the item came to be in our family. The history of each item that had been carefully packed away years ago for us to discover.
My sister and I discovered those boxes as we were going through things in our parents house, cleaning it out following the death of our father in December. Our mother passed away almost two years ago and was very ill for over ten years. She is the one that prepared those boxes, carefully wrapping each item, packing them into the boxes and then typing the lists on an old-fashioned typewriter. So long they have sat tucked away, carefully stored for us to find someday
The items are an interesting assortment, too many to list here. I did take a few cell phone pictures of some of the “treasures”. My grandmother’s wooden rolling pin and wooden board. My grandfather’s pipe stand and his favorite pipe. Beautiful china bowls. A Stein from Germany. Jigsaw puzzles with very thick pieces. My father’s first camera and his toy holster set from when he was a child. My parents wedding cake top and some brochures, road map and placemats from their honeymoon.
The discovery was a wonderful break in our cleaning out of their house. Had we stumbled upon some of those items in the house we may not have realized their emotional value, their history within our family. One of the best gifts we could ever have received. I now know that there are items in my home I want to locate and pack in the same manner, carefully labeling the box and making sure that someday, when my husband and I are gone, our children can discover treasurers in our home and enjoy the significance to their heritage.