The Trunk

Recently, I came home from one of my trips to discover that my parents had delivered this little trunk. It had lived in my bedroom throughout my childhood. When I was young, I kept china dolls and antique doll clothing in it.

I slowly filled it with letters and other mementos during my teen years. My parents put it in the attic after I finished college and there it has rested, forgotten (by me anyway). When I opened the trunk, it was full to the brim with papers from my teen years and it took me all afternoon to read through them.

The most poignant were letters from all my Grandmothers and my Mother.
There were many from those first homesick weeks of freshman year.

Every valentine I had ever received was in there,
including some hand-painted ones from my Father.

There were even snapshots sprinkled about.

I wish we still wrote letters the way we used to. It is an art that is passing us by. I have often had visions of turning Sunday afternoons into a family letter-writing time, but it has seldom happened. When I see the sloppily-written emails Helen has written to her friends and then look at the stack of letters I have from my teen friends, I wish I could turn back the clock on technology, just a little bit!

Tammy  – (May 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM)  

Oh my gosh...what a treasure. I bet you are soooooo enjoying reading all of the letters and looking at the photos! And the trunk is absolutely delightful!

softearthart  – (May 25, 2010 at 4:18 PM)  

How lovely to read once again past memories, its a pretty cool trunk. cheers Marie

Penny  – (May 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM)  

Oh! What a treasure! I am so happy for you that you have all of that love to remember and enjoy!

Tulika Verma  – (May 26, 2010 at 3:32 AM)  

The box is beautiful...its adorned with the past....
What a beautiful feeling to go through those memories again...!

Your blog is a lovely place...glad to be here...

Quiltin' Mama  – (May 26, 2010 at 7:18 AM)  

Ahh . . . I agree, I was and still am an avid letter writer. I have a pen pal from 6th grade and we still pen- my kids just love when we get a letter from her. She is an International Flight attendant so there are always cool stories of far away places. Letter writing was more of a curriculum item back then , than now. It will always have a place if we can only make the time. That is the real challenge at least in my house. Time. love the old valentines- so special.

Jen  – (May 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM)  

Oh how beautiful! Such treasures inside and what a special way to re-receive it from your parents. Gorgeous post and such sentiment!

renee ~ heirloom seasons  – (May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM)  

What an amazing treasure! We had two trunks in our home when I was little, I always feel nostalgic for them. A few years ago a friend was selling one similar to yours, now it lives in our home, filled with old wet-on-wet watercolor paintings and lesson books at the moment, sometimes a pile of wool too.
The painted valentine from your dad is beautiful! Now we know where some of your artistic talents come from!

Mama Randa Morning Glory  – (May 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM)  

Amazing! I love that your father hand-painted valentines for you. Who knows what you will fill the trunk with now!

Growler  – (May 27, 2010 at 10:03 AM)  

Love this post! How great to have all this stuff. I assume this was the trunk that included the letters I sent that you mentioned on FB. I'd love to hear about them. Hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of the school year.

Lovely World  – (June 2, 2010 at 10:17 PM)  

I recently combed through several boxes of old correspondence. I realize that I hardly ever get "snail mail" anymore. What will my children hold on their memory trunks?

hello there.......Erin here  – (June 3, 2010 at 8:02 PM)  

I think you should hold fast to that wish, carve 1 hour each sunday, after breakfast say, where you sit and everyone writes 1 letter. set it up with address book, stamps, and stationary, and sharpened pencils or pens to choose from. it is good for the soul and our children should feel the warmth of sealing an envelope filled with their thoughts, written with their hand. it's a beautiful thing!

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