A Mom's Treasures
A Mom's Treasures
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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Over the years I have noticed many different attitudes towards collecting family treasures. There are the people like me who save everything; paper, dishes, tins, pictures, letters, books and recipes. I have them in various boxes and chests just waiting for me to do something with them. Then there are those who have it all organized in scrapbooks, albums and cedar chests. I have also known people who simply don't save things at all, and feel they don't need that "connection" to the past.
Whether your family treasures are in the form of memories or keepsakes I think it's important that we share them. The good and the bad times. We can hopefully learn and grow from the bad memories, and treasure the good ones. Pass them down to your children as you remember them and you feel they are ready. By relating some of the rough times you can show that as a family and a person you learned to persevere in times of stress; you didn't give up. The memories will give your kids a sense of where they came from and of their family history. I think this makes us all feel part of something special.
We have all laughed at the stories we heard as kids from one of our relatives "I walked two miles to school with no boots in the middle of winter and I enjoyed it!", but those stories themselves are keepsakes! I tell my kids that I only had cartoons on Saturday morning and that was all. You should see their faces! Sure, I had boots and took a bus to school, but I only had one day of cartoons. Share something from your childhood with someone in your family today and give them a family keepsake. There will be many opportunities to share our memories and the act of sharing these is special in itself.
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