Friday, March 28, 2008

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things....

Previously unbeknownst to me the blogging world has themed topic days! This is very exciting.

I am proud to join the many participating in Flashback Friday whom are busy round the globe posting: 'My Favorite Thing - a picture of an object or objects (Books, art, photos, mementos, shoes, garden gnomes, television set, whatever) that is/are dear to your heart. What would you grab if your house were on fire?'

So what would it be? This is a very difficult question. Well since I am allowed to grab multiple things here is the list:

1. My Box:
On our first year anniversary Jonathan presented me with this box. My heart swelled at the site of this hand crafted gift from my love. Of course when he gave it to me it was bare wood and completely void of any finish (I later painted it with acrylic).

The box is brimming with the chronicles of our life together. On the bottom you will find the carnation he gave to me on our first date and on top you see the card he gave to me this Valentine's Day. I cannot imagine losing this catalog of our lives together. Luckily, as i just learned (from Jonathan himself) he would grab the web server - which has all of the digital pictures from our entire relationship. The web server and this box are good companion pieces.

2. This picture:
That's me with my mom. I think i was about four when this picture was taken. The original picture was taken in a photo booth. I used to carry around the original in my Popples wallet when I was a kid. This picture was the only thing in the wallet. I found the picture several years later - the same year my mom died. I enlarged the picture and put it into a frame as a gift to her on Mother's Day. She loved it. The entire week after my mom passed away I slept with this picture and cried myself to sleep... the picture hardly left my side. I would have a very difficult time losing it.

3. Buster:
To be honest, I don't remember the story of how this little guy came into my life. What I do know is that I have had him for as long as I can remember and that he has always worn that flirtatious red shirt. He still lives in my room though I plan to pass him down to my children.

4. Things Mom Saved:
It doesn't look like much but, this Tupperware holds memories that precede any of my own. Among the objects that my mother set aside as things that were special to her are: the scrubs my dad wore the day I was born, a scrapbook of all the notes and cards she received after I was born, a baby blanket that my aunt made for me, all of my report cards, old art projects, the tutu I wore for my first ballet recital, my favorite childhood dinnerware, and more.

There are many other things that I would never want to lose but these things are definitely at the top of the list. I will save some of the others for future posts.

I should also mention that when I was a kid, my aunt and uncle really did lose everything in a house fire. I used to be scared to death that the same thing would happen to our house. I had nightmares of my house engulfed in flames night after night. I used to keep a grocery bag on the knob of my bedroom door with my prized possessions in it - just in case the house caught fire. Many of the things on this list were the things that were in that bag.

I pray that I never have to scramble through my home searching for these cherished items.

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