Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Remembering"


When Nova passed away, it was left to Amanda to go through her grandmother’s things. In Grammy’s bedroom closet she found an old wooden box that she had never seen before. 

Opening the box, she found it full of old pictures, papers, letters, locks of hair, and many other items. Each item had names, dates, and details written carefully on or attached to it. 

Amanda knew some of the people and events, but knew how special this box truly was. A note taped to the inside of the lid read, “Nova’s Remembering Box”.

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Photobucket



37 comments:

  1. Oh gosh...I would think I had died and gone to heaven if I ever found such a box...my ancestors did not leave much behind to share . Wonderful six sentence story!

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    1. Thanks, Terri. I wish I did, too. My family is extremely fragmented or estranged on both sides. I have a couple of items that I begged for from early childhood, including the huge original wedding portrait of my great-grandparents, from the 1890s. It is precious to me.

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  2. we all have one of those, don't we?

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    1. Unfortunately, no. I wish it were true, that everyone did this. Heritage is important, but many don't see it that way.

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  3. wow what a cool thing that would be to find! The picture of the box up there? Is that a stock photo or is that actually something you have ? ...because it's a really cool box.

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. I always include the image source. I wish I had that box; I would use it!

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  4. I always have that fear that my memorabilia will just be discarded as sentimental trash.

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    1. I know I would value things like this from my ancestors, and that many do.

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  5. It must not have been a tradition in my family because there was never a box to find ... things were left, most of which we couldn't identify, so I think this is a great idea. Nice post, McGuffy ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. I heard stories of it, long before my time. In my time, my family has been estranged or so fragmented that no one did this. I hope some people do. I think it matters to many.

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  6. My, I love this idea. I have all the really family things here and the boys are familiar with where. But a box would be so nice. LOVED this. Makes me smile.

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    1. Thanks! You could make them each a box of special little things. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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  7. My mom had something like this but she called it a Hope Chest...she kept all kinds of treasures inside!

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    1. I believe family memories should be preserved and shared. Heritage tells our story. It is how we became who we are.

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  8. Beautiful to have a box of memories. And I love that the old lady was called Nova. Nice touch, that :)

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    1. Thank you, Lizzi. My great-grandmother was named Nova. I love the older names like that. I love traditions.

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  9. What a treasure trove. I know most of us would live within that story if we could have the opportunity to discover something so meaningful! Enjoyed it! Janet

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    1. Thanks. I am glad enjoyed this. It would be so wonderful to find such a box.

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  10. What beautiful heritage piece filled with loving memories ~ Wonderful post and thank for visiting and commenting ~ You have a treasure ~ carol, xxx

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Memories should be shared, I think.

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  11. Beautiful, Annie! I have a box like this, but the things that should go in it are scattered thru the house and in many stored boxes. I hope some day to get it all together, though I doubt I should ever be ambitious enough to label things. What a lovely idea this is to pass down! Great story!

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    1. Don't wait. Fill that box. It will be appreciated.

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  12. Lovely, Annie. My grandma had something similar to this box, and there was even a small envelope with lock of hair from her little sister who died of diphtheria.

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    1. Beth, that sounds like part of a great book. Just a thought!

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  13. What a wonderful story, I wish we could all have boxes like this one. No one in my family left such a thing but my husband's grandfather did. I have spent hours going through it on several occasions. Besides sharing his memories he also helped me with my husband's family's history. It also generated a story about him and his wife, hubby's grandmother, that I published on my blog a few years ago.

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    1. How wonderful. What a special box. I hope you do it, too.

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  14. oh my goodness! this happened when my grandma died. we found boxes where she had kept things us grandchildren had made her when we were young, or pictures of us, or cards we'd given her. She still had book of poems I had done in kindergarden with pictures I had drawn of her garden!!
    But -- we also found journals and sketch books!! Turns out grandma could write and draw quite well! It was so special. I have that poem book back now and often I take it out and get inspired that a little piece of my grandma, lives on in me.

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    1. This is wonderful! I hope you follow her footsteps and do it, too. How beautiful.

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  15. What a beautiful story and maybe a lessen there for all of us. A special treasure box for your children to find later on, might be nice.

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  16. My remembering boxes are a jumble right now, and i need to tend to that. It's awful to have such things from older relatives and have no clue who the people in the pictures are.

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  17. Wonderful treasure. My sister and I found a box full of similar items tucked in the attic.

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  18. Great story! I enjoyed reading how Amanda found all those pictures and things in her grandmother's remember box! : )

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  19. My mother left a box similar to that one. A real treasure trove of trinkets, each with a memory of its own.

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  20. What a wonderful thing to inherit!!

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  21. It really is beautiful. I love little boxes and I love finding out what is inside. I have several that belonged to my parents and husbands parents...and some tins too...filled with photographs and other keepsakes.

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