Alternatively, a lesson in why we should hold on to the best pieces of our past.
  1. I went through this box from my grandmother's house tonight, and inside I found:
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    Spoiler alert :: there were no bunnies, medium or otherwise.
  2. 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.
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    Bonus points to 2x great grandad - it's written entirely in verse. Even the newsy, not lovey bits!
  3. A program for a traveling theatre production for which GG grandpa was a musician.
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  4. 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.
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  5. My great grandmother's Chilean birth certificate.
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  6. This picture of great grandma dressed up for a school play.
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    Side note :: costume budgets for school plays have DEFINITELY downsized over the years.
  7. Great grandma's high school diploma.
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    Guys, I don't know where my high school diploma is and I graduated NINETY YEARS after my great grandmother.
  8. The certificate of marriage for great grandma and great grandpa.
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  9. This awesome silhouette of great grandma.
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    I'm totally getting this framed.
  10. This sheet music for a song about a fly.
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    Your guess is as good as mine.
  11. This newspaper clipping reporting a traffic accident that great grandma caused.
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    There's probably such a thing as saving too much.
  12. 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.
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    I want to open the letter SO BADLY but I can't bring myself to do it. It feels disrespectful somehow.
  13. 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. 😜