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Memory Keeper

By Carolina Sonshine on 06/03/14 11:14
Charlotte Observer
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I’d forgotten about the dusty, crumpled boxes shoved to the side of the attic until John dropped them in the middle of the room… Not long after we moved ourselves, my grandmother’s principal residence was sold.  Once other family members finished going through her house, only nine cardboard boxes remained, symbolizing fifty plus years of her life lived in that place …

 

 

 

At a glance, there didn’t seem to be much to them; in fact, eight years ago, John questioned why I bothered to haul any of it home: random books, a few ancient clothing items, pictures in dated frames, faded photo albums, cards from every occasion, letters and an assortment of miscellaneous papers my grandparents kept for one reason or another…

 

 

 

As I sorted through the contents of those battered cartons recently, I’ve been manic: laughing one moment, crying the next.  Had the rest of my family realized the treasures hidden within those humble boxes, they would have surely taken them for themselves…

 

 

 

It has been an amazing, educational glimpse into family history…

 

 

 

Letters and cards scattered across decades, penned long before I was born… Birth records, Army and Navy discharge papers, wedding and birth announcements, death notices… Newspaper clippings, recipes, letters scribed in Braille… A scrapbook compiling my educational honors, which I knew nothing about prior to yesterday… Assorted pictures of various sizes and origin, a family exhibition of sorts, chronicled through the evolution of camera technology since 1940-something… 

 

 

 

My grandmother made notes on most of the photographs, jotting down names and dates for future reference and reflection…

 

 

 

In an age when so few of us actually bother with printing photographs, it has been a simultaneous burden and joy.  So many lost memories, rediscovered, thanks to her efforts…  Happy accident or divine circumstance, I am the de facto keeper of Grandma’s legacy…

 

 

 

Sometime soon, I will carefully sort and share the tiny treasures I’ve uncovered with my aunts, uncles and cousins, thereby doing my part to preserve and perpetuate family history…

 

 

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams…

 

 

 

 

 

As we approach the 6th anniversary on June 12th, we continue to give away pink & black silicone bracelets.  To request one or many, please email the quantity desired and your mailing address to rememberbrian@mindspring.com. 

 

 

 

Tammy will update her blog weekly…

 

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