Today’s topic is: “Tell us about something you found.”
Lucky for me, both my mother and my older sister are actively simplifying their lives. They are decluttering their homes and passing along items they no longer want. This week, two large flat-rate boxes arrived at my house containing their unwanted treasures.
The box from my mother had two books of knitting patterns, a bedside lamp, a beach ball, and some paper craft activities that my girls should be interested in in a few years.
My sister’s box was much more remarkable. It had several wooden ornaments and silver jewelry made by my father, some cassette tapes with live recordings of Christmas mornings long past (which I haven’t been able to listen to yet), and a large stack of letters that my mother had sent to our paternal grandmother between 1979 and 1983.
I’m so excited to have found these letters and tapes because they will give me a glimpse into the day-to-day activities of my parents, my sister, and myself (when I was 3-6 years old). Not only was I too young to remember when, say, my sister learned how to swim, but I was also completely unaware of how hard my parents had to work to support our family. I love the honesty and optimism that is conveyed in these letters. I have photographed each page so I can better organize the events and get a clearer picture of life during my early childhood. Reading about my parents makes me want to write a novel based on their ups and downs. Maybe someday I will.
Have you ever discovered a window to your past? Share your experience in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook