Saturday, March 22, 2008

Packing Memories

We are in the process of packing and as we go through the closets and storage to properly pack away things, memories keep taking hold of me--good memories. These are the moments when new story ideas take root, or that burning question I had years ago comes back, and I want to drop everything and dig into my family genealogy to find the answers.

I blogged last week about how my daughter discovered our high school annuals. I can't help but think about the changes that have occurred in my life. My collection of music has gone from records to cassette tapes to CDs. I still have floppy disks from my first couple of computers. My new computer doesn't even have a disk drive. I've gathered eleven rolls of film that need to be developed. The blessings of a digital camera! I'm hoping there will be some photos of my grandmother on them.

I'm reminded of my great-grandmother's doll that was given to me and lost in our last move from Winston-Salem to Charlotte. I'm praying nothing will be lost or broken this time. When other people help, they mean well, but things happen. I mourned over that doll and it still saddens me to think about it today. It makes me think of all the treasures our ancestors had to leave behind as they traveled from the old country to new colonies, and then as they migrated from state to state. What were their stories? What were their hardships? Their blessings? The treasures that have survived are almost miracles in and of themselves. Next weekend I plan to guard my great-grandmother's 1904 Singer sewing machine.

As I've traveled throughout the Carolinas and taken photos of old homes, antiques, and clothing from way back then, I'm planning to start a Carolina Historical reference area on my website. This will help me stay organized and may provide help to other writers, researchers, and history lovers like me.

3 comments:

  1. Jenn, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of the doll in your last move. When we moved here, my china cabinet got a little banged up--and it's handmade by my dad. It was our wedding present. So I was sick about it. Especially when he noticed the damage.

    I hope the move goes well! It does help us sort things out and get rid of "stuff." We've been here 8 years now, so everything is building up once again.

    Missy

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  2. Jenn,
    I think adding that to your website is a great idea!

    I wish I could get organized... I've got a drawer full of recipes, some from my grandmother that I want to protect.

    Now to find the time - and energy - to do it!

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  3. Jenn,
    Moving is a lot of work. I will keep you in my prayers. You always have such a good outlook and search for the positives.....that's something I need to remember.

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