I confess, I probably have too much stuff! But, most of it holds memories that are a part of me, that are tightly stored in my heart. Yes, I am sentimental when it comes to those kinds of things. I know, many people would say "why do you have so much stuff"? But to me, it's much more than just stuff.I have several little cupboards with glass doors in my house. They are filled with special things, little pieces of my heart, my family, and those I love. This is the inside of one of those special little cabinets of mine that hold those things that are very special to me! This little cabinet is filled with stories of my life, of my parents lives, and things that keep all those memories alive. My sister had made one of those books you can publish online. It is filled with pictures of Riley's first year. Also, there is a tiny little view finder that my mom had. My folks use to sell antiques at the OC Fairgrounds back when they use to have an antique section. If you look into the little view finder there is a picture of Brande when she was very little and was out there helping her Grandma & Papa! Also, that little drink umbrella is related to Brande as well! My Christmas gift back on Christmas 2005 from Brande was a ticket to go to Maui in January 06. I was blown away and no way could have afforded to go on my own. So the little drink umbrella, my ticket and "aloha" drink napkin were all saved by me. It reminds me of the importance of family and how we are all so close and would do anything for each other. We stayed at the same condos we use to stay at in Wailea as a family when I was married. It was a random act of kindness that I will never forget. And there is also an old tin type photo of my dad from WWII sitting there.He looks really scary in this photo! This old glass use to belong to my Grandmother. I filled it with my folks old watches and odd pieces of jewelry they had. Nothing of great dollar value, but lots of sentimental value to me! The bottom shelf in this little cabinet holds more of the same stuff. Little treasures and things that keep the memories of my folks lives tightly tucked away in my heart. Reminders of the little things they cherished.
My dad worked for Edison his entire life. They had this club thing where the employees and spouses would get all dressed up one Friday a month and have dinner with other Edison husbands & wives. It was called the "Diamond Club", which I think had to do with having to had worked at SCE for a number of years. I wish my camera had captured another thing my dad had written but it's blurry. It was dating the diamond earrings my mom received from some function at the Diamond club. There is also a small engagement ring that belonged to my mom sitting there. Apparently, she was married briefly before my dad. And my dad apparently was married briefly before my mom too. My sister and I never knew any of this until we had moved them to Assisted Living and cleaning out their house. It was a generation that didn't talk about "those" kinds of things. I remember awhile back when my Mr.Wonderful moved out and I hadn't said anything to my parents. I told my sister I would just tell them at Christmas dinner, "oh, bye the way, me and Mr. Wonderful and I are getting a divorce"! I found nothing wrong with that idea. My sister did though, and told my folks before dinner that Christmas. Another story for another blog post. There are times I wished that my folks had shared so much more with me. There will always be pieces of their lives missing. I know, why do I have a little, cheap Valentine's box saved. Bryce is always really sweet to me each and every Valentine's day. He remembers his mom. He was maybe in junior high school when he gave me that little box. There was just something very special and loving about him on this Valentines day. And each time I look at the little candy box, it brings all those memories back.I KNOW where I get this love of vintage stuff and antiques, and keeping things. The envelope above that says, "Bank of America" on it was an old bank statement my dad held onto. It had all his house mortgage payments recorded in it. You know, the same house that Katie & Vinnie and MY grandkids live in. It is no surprise I am in the business I am in. I believe in the simple things in life, like family, love, friendship and not only hanging on to old Valentine candy boxes from my son, but also holding on to a heart full of wonderful memories that I will never let go of. When we live in such a disposable world, it is nice to be surrounded by pieces of the past, you know? Guess you could say that I am, indeed, sentimental!


The Boston Lady said...

I just loved reading about all the treasures and memories you have held on to. I understand that perfectly. How surprised you must have been about your parents' "other" marriages. You are right about it being a generational thing.

trash talk said...

Is it possible to put a dollar amount on love and family? If there is...yours would have to be stamped priceless.

Kate said...

I think it is so wonderful that you have all of that beauty displayed. I love hearing about your parents and the sweet stories.

Have a wonderful day!!!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

That was a lovely post, Sue...it's the little things in life....

Maureen said...

Mementos are a wonderful thing to have. Little slices of history to remind us of where we've been.

Vintage Market Place said...

This post is so wonderful, most people keep all these things but in a box that are never seen, it is great that they are out on display for you and your guests to see every time you walk into the room.
Oh, that story is sad about your mom hiding her previous engagement.
Times sure are different.
I think it is great that your kids love the business of junk as well and so your cherished items will become theirs and then I am sure down to their kids.
Surviving over and over again to tell the story of your family.