Preserving history one gift at a time

Preserving history one gift at a time

Daylight savings time comes every year and the longer days are welcome. However, the sun shining through the windows as early as 6 a.m. is rather disconcerting.

Our dogs figure if it's that light outside, it’s time for everyone to rise and shine and get the day started. That’s fine with me but Taller Half isn’t fond of early wake ups. So, to prolong his sleep time we need to dress our bedroom window, which faces East, with darker, heavier draperies.

Fortunately, I found a set of the needed drapes while sorting through a cedar chest. That chest was a family piece given to us by Taller Half’s mother many years ago. In fact, I found several things buried in the bottom of that chest that had lived there forgotten for years.

One thing of interest was a great-grandmother’s black taffeta petticoat. We have assumed the petticoat had lived in that chest for close to a century. Another oddity found is a bag full of little girl baby clothes. They must have been in that chest for many, many years. Our little girls are long since grown with children of their own. We continued to investigate the chest contents until we got it totally empty — which has created a problem. What to do with all those things so they won’t be forgotten again?

Our children have expressed no interest in such old stuff, so what to do? Then we remembered a trick we learned from our own parents — we turn those items into gifts.

Each child is given a piece from the chest for their birthday and for other important occasions. It may well take a few years of gift-giving to bless our children with all those family keepsakes, but then it’s no longer our responsibility!

If they are lucky, our children will remember this family trick and bless their own children with those lovely historic family treasures. Hope our grandchildren like old stuff.