And why they matter…
I have asserted countless times, in my everyday life and this blog, that I am a collector, of objects and of memories. My home is filled with little items that might have no value to “normal” people, but they are priceless to me because of the memories attached to them…because of their stories. My hope is that, piece by piece, I can photograph these objects and share their stories, if for no other reason than to make someone pause to think about their own similar little treasures. Those little treasures can often open the floodgates to deeper levels of history.
For as long as I can remember, a small, round, ornately decorated trinket box sat on Granny’s dresser…then it became Mama’s dresser and trinket box after Granny died. After the move from the Ford Street house, Mama and Dad picked new bedroom furniture, and that little box found its home on a different dresser. After Mama died, the little box came to live with me.
I don’t know if it was a gift to Granny from one of her children, or a friend, or maybe even from Granddad before he died. I never thought to ask about its story prior to my own awareness of it. It was just pretty and shiny, and it played music. Now I wish I had learned more about it.
That is how I feel about so many things now…I wish I had asked a million questions while Mama, The Aunts, Granny and Mamaw, were still here to answer them. Recently a first cousin on Dad’s side, whom I have never met, found me on social media and connected with me, hoping to learn more about our family history. And once again, I find myself feeling sad that I never bothered to learn more from those who knew the stories best.
I can’t change the past and ask the dead all the things I want to know, but I can pick Dad’s brain while he is still here. I can do research online. I can share what I know and hope that, moving forward, it can benefit the younger family members who might someday want to know about their past.