Ever since my parents passed away I have really reconnected with my younger brother (A.J.) which has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. We weren’t estranged or anything, we just weren’t what I would call “really close”. Now that our family is even smaller, I think we have both realized how important we are to each other. We talk all the time (as in several times a day) and it has been wonderful.
I am more aware of my memories growing up lately. Not sure where some of those recollections have been for so long, but being more connected with A.J. has helped bring many of those memories to the forefront. Going through all of my parents’ things has been difficult at times, but it has also made me cherish the keepsakes that I have.
Know what I found yesterday that I had no idea even existed? My maternal grandmother who wasn’t the warmest of people from what I recall, had saved nearly every card she had received in adulthood and carefully placed them in scrapbooks. Think about that for a second. Every wedding card, every anniversary card from my mother, my uncle, and my grandfather. Invitations for weddings and showers and parties. Holiday cards. Cards A.J. and I sent her on her birthday from before we could even write and Mom had to sign our names to them. It was unbelievable the time that was taken to accomplish this feat.
Thinking of all of this has made me want to find unique ways to preserve my memories, whether they are actual items, photos or memories I need to write down in some sort of organized fashion. I want Jake to have that for his children one day. I thought perhaps we could have this little nook here on Our Storied Home to share ideas and memories from long ago (you know, pre-cell phones).
I’d like for us to share projects that we have done, something from our families that means something to us. Maybe someone else has similar memories or keepsakes and would like to do the same project with their memories. I’ll also be sharing more memories and keepsakes. I think it is these things that bond us together and help us relate to one another.
I have so many ideas for this section — I’m not exactly sure how we’ll do things, but we’ll figure it out as we go. You can reach me at ourstoriedhome[@]gmail.com