Wednesday, April 18, 2007




It's amazing the things you find as you move your Mom from home to assisted living. Yesterday, Marcie and I went to organize the garage and go through the boxes we had set aside for another day. Going through the boxes, doing the look once, throw to the garbage pile we ran across.......
This small snapshot of Mom, taken when she was a young girl on the threshold of her life. I don't remember my mom as a young woman and this picture lets me see what a beautiful young lady she was.






A group picture taken at a dance...there's my fun loving Dad kicking up his foot in the front row with mom the second one in from the left. My Aunt and Uncle standing by theirselves in the top row. A good friend's wife next to Mom on the left. On the back is stamped "Rich Economy Photographing Service" Minneapolis. I would like to think this was taken in 1947 as a last party before Dad moved us to Washington.










A crossstitch sampler, finished but never framed. I'm going to frame it and hang it in my home.






Crocheted bits of tableclothes lets us wonder why they never were finished.













A brand new tin of tinkertoys reminding us of the days we built all kinds of things with them and Lincoln Logs.










Amongst all these little treasures from the past out fell a sales brochure in the form of a large postcard addressed to our Dad advertising the new beach front develpment of Sandy Point Shores. You could get a lot for $2500, less if you bought on a weekday and there wasn't but a few houses in the whole develpment. A nice bit of history when the point was first filled in, a canal to the bay dug or the boat house and ramp built.

I wonder what other reminders of the past will fall into our hands as we go through the many boxes and bags stored away in the trailer.

6 comments:

Carol said...

What wonderful, wonderful treasures.

YankeeQuilter said...

We put a lot of my Mom's photos and treasues into the "shoe" boxes you get at Joannes and brought them to the assisted living so she could rummage through them and sort them into piles/boxes. It was amzing what she could remember from back then!

atet said...

What great treasures. It's also nice that you can still ask your mother about some of these things and not have to wonder about them. Think of the stories attached to some of them.

Patti said...

What a marvelous find! It's things like these that make the past really come alive. I hope that you are able to talk about these with her still - I can't remember whether you've mentioned if it's a physical reason she is having to go to assisted reason or whether she is suffering from Alzheimers. I hope it's the first - the second is so hard for everyone involved.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Such wonderful treasures. I especially love the sampler. will you share a picture once it's framed?

Carol E. said...

Great treasures!! I love the sampler. Recently we were with my family going through old photos. There was an OLD one of a toddler... no one knew who he was. They were going to throw it away! I salvaged it and wonder why, but it makes me ponder a lot of things. It must be someone known by our family as it was with family photos and was the only one we didn't know. Sad, isn't it? Sort of like finding an old quilt of which no one knows its origin.