THE TREASURE CHEST
I would imagine I am not alone in my experience of having spent time in a grandmother’s attic searching for treasure. Those treasures were often void of monetary value, however the stories woven through the dust was of great personal value. The aroma of aged paper and cedar chips. The dim light from the overhead exposed bulb. The warmth, check that, the heat from the summer days visiting the grandparents. The many traipses down the steep attic stairs asking to keep a chipped China doll or scarred velvet purse with tangled fringe and tarnished chain. The adventure most likely included that heart pounding anticipation of lifting the stiff, reluctant lid of a trunk. Whatever lay inside was undoubtedly a magnificent find, be it photos or newspapers, sweaters or scarfs. It mattered not their importance to anyone else…they had been relegated to reside in the trunk!
Our youthful anticipation rushing to discover the interior caused us to foolishly overlook the beauty of the exterior. Fortunately, with age comes wisdom. We retrieve these wooden caretakers and bring them out into the open. They are now charged with providing a resting place for cocktails and coffee, for lamplight and novels.
Perhaps you have possession of one of these beauties. Has it been dismissed to a rec room or garage? Have you deemed it not to “go” with anything in the house? Please reconsider.
The days of foraging a grandparents attic may have given way to our current lives of mobility and technology. However we must never underestimate the sentiment of youth. We take it with us wherever we go and for as long as we grow. Beautiful trunks will accentuate our decor in countless locations. Their very presence will create memories. Their contents, a babies blanket, a ribboned bundle of Valentines, a pair of tiny mittens are yours to choose. Tuck such treasures inside as our grandmothers would tuck treasures in her attic. These children of the digital age will someday be quite grateful. As we are grateful to our ancestors for preserving and protecting everyday because…
EVERY DAY MATTERS