A FAMILY IN A BOX
Alternatively, a lesson in why we should hold on to the best pieces of our past.
- •I went through this box from my grandmother's house tonight, and inside I found:Spoiler alert :: there were no bunnies, medium or otherwise.
- •A love letter written by my great great grandfather to his bride-to-be (my great great grandmother) during their year long engagement. Posted from Sicily in August, 1867.Bonus points to 2x great grandad - it's written entirely in verse. Even the newsy, not lovey bits!
- •A program for a traveling theatre production for which GG grandpa was a musician.
- •A handwritten account (recorded by my great great aunt) of her family's journey from England to Chile in the 1880s, and from Chile to Washington in the early 1900s.
- •My great grandmother's Chilean birth certificate.
- •This picture of great grandma dressed up for a school play.Side note :: costume budgets for school plays have DEFINITELY downsized over the years.
- •Great grandma's high school diploma.Guys, I don't know where my high school diploma is and I graduated NINETY YEARS after my great grandmother.
- •The certificate of marriage for great grandma and great grandpa.
- •This awesome silhouette of great grandma.I'm totally getting this framed.
- •This sheet music for a song about a fly.Your guess is as good as mine.
- •This newspaper clipping reporting a traffic accident that great grandma caused.There's probably such a thing as saving too much.
- •This poignant note from my grandma to her sister, on the outside of a still sealed envelope addressed to great grandma. Written right after great grandma passed away.I want to open the letter SO BADLY but I can't bring myself to do it. It feels disrespectful somehow.
- •There were also dozens of other letters and documents - all snippets of family history that tell of adventures and laughter and tears and lives well lived. It makes me wonder what I'll leave behind in my box someday.Answer :: not my high school diploma. 😜