If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and the things stored on them, people, or animals), what would you put on it?
For things that would fit on a shelf, they would be (1) a tiny cup and plate displayed on brown plastic stand, that my son gave me for Christmas when he was nine. Printed on the plate are the words, “I Love Mom,” words I desperately needed that particular Christmas; (2) the Christmas ornament pictured below. As a little girl, it was always my favorite and even though I’ve down-sized my Christmas trees in recent years, it still gets the front and center spot;
(3) as for the third item, there are so many items competing for this spot I don’t know which to pick: the little Bible my mother carried (with a single orchid on it) when she married my Dad, her long-sleeved, long-trained, satin wedding dress, (circa 1948), my great-grandmother’s wedding dress (circa 1901), that is actually two pieces, the skirt with a small, ruffled train, and the top with rows of small ruffles across the bodice, and raw silk cuffs, the tatted table cloth my great-grandmother made for me, my father’s christening gown (also made by my great-grandmother for my grandmother, then she used it for my father), some drawings I made years ago, some of my journals, some favorite books (some from my childhood, like “The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew”). . .like I said, too many to choose from.
If you had a box labeled “happiness”, what would you put in it?
My grandchildren’s giggles.
Cee Neuner said:
It sounds like you have some wonderful family treasures. 😀 They can all go on your shelf.
CK Wallis said:
That’s gonna be some shelf!
Thanks for the comment, Cee.
What is it about Christmas ornaments? The ones that survive for ten years or more carry more meaning than seems possible….when we decorated our tree when I was a child, my mom would tell stories about most of them, it seems. It inspired my invention for a fifth grade class: An ornament that held inside a little scroll on which you’d write a memory or story or anything. I love the style of that ornament as well!
CK Wallis said:
After I posted this, I noticed that the first two items on my “shelf” were related to Christmas–an ornament and a gift. We end up with so many memories tied to Christmas.
I’ve seen those clear ornaments you can put something in but never bought any. Might be a fun idea for my grandchildren next year!
Thanks for your comment.