Treasure Box

In the very back of a linen closet, buried under linens rarely used, is my treasure box.  The box itself is an ordinary box and very unassuming, but piled inside are items that I hold dear.  This is my collection box of letters and notes given to me over several decades from people in different facets of my life.  Every once-in-a-while, when I run across the box, I take the time to sit on the floor, take the large pile of gems out and re-read them for a trip down memory lane.

There are the love letters exchanged with my soon-to-be husband while we were still in college.  The words remind me of the young love that we were fostering and the dreams of the future that we shared. A homemade card written in crayon on yellowing construction paper tells me that my daughter thinks that I am the best mom ever.  My mother-in-law wrote a long, heartfelt letter of appreciation for a surprise 40th anniversary party.  (Funny, we were never able to share such deeply felt words face-to-face.) The last letter received from my grandfather before his passing always brings a tear to my eye. There are also the notes from students and parents from over the years that tell me how I touched their lives and made a difference.  These I find to be sustaining as I return to the classroom each year.

The words touch me in different ways as I go through the phases of my life, but they always fill me with gratitude.  Gratitude that I was blessed to have these people in my life.  Thankfulness that they took the time to share their feelings and an appreciation for the written word that can be saved, revisited, and treasured for a lifetime.

8 thoughts on “Treasure Box

  1. Oh, I have a box just like that! Before you know it, a couple of hours fly by and several tears are shed. But, how glorious to go down this heartful memory lane. I don’t do it enough and I should, because it’s a reminder of all the gifts God has granted me with. Thank you for this little reminder to do just that. 🙂

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  2. I love to look back through my mementos and be reminded of all those whom have played an important part in my life. I am glad you were able to have this time today to reminisce

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  3. I, too, have a box just like this. And just like you, every once in a while, I’ll go through it as well and take a walk down memory lane. I think this speaks to the power of the written word. How, long after people are gone or time has passed, how we keep the things that people have written. We keep them because of the way those written words have made us feel. I think that’s why I’m here, why we’re all here – to demonstrate the power of our words. I love that. Thanks so much for sharing your powerful words today!

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  4. Your treasure chest sounds absolutely wonderful! I have a folder of letters I keep in a drawer at school, and take out on days that are hard. Hand written notes are the absolute best!

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