Every house has them. They may be in the attic, basement, tucked away on a crawl space of the upper reaches of a seldom-used closet, but they’re there. Waiting. Silently. Biding their time until the right moment.
No, I’m not talking about the boogey-man, but about artifacts of a life. I have many that once belonged to my father, some from my father’s father, and some from even earlier. To many, they are just clutter, but to me they are treasures.
How can something be a treasure when it sits and collects dust? How can one say it is precious when you may not have even looked at it for years and may have even forgotten it was there, waiting to present themselves again to us?
I don’t know how, but it is true. Once they are found again, if the person who finds them knows their story, they take on a value far out of proportion to what they would be worth on eBay or a garage sale or even an antique store. The reason is simple: my father touched them, or my grandfather or great-grandfather. They cared for these things, these relics of time gone by. Just knowing that they valued them for some utility or some pleasure it gave them makes them precious to me. I’d not sell them for all the money in the world. I will pass them along, with their stories, to my children and my children’s children.
Today’s photo is of a relic hanging in a shed on a farm in Iowa. The dust has collected heavily on it and it hasn’t been used for a long time, nor has it seen the bright light of day. That’s okay. It is still beautiful if we only take the time to see it clearly…like a person with the wrinkles of age, their bodies no longer sleek and slim, but precious for the wisdom they contain and the beauty of memories that they hold.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: July 10, 1943 saw the beginning of the Allied invasion of Sicily. General George S. Patton and his 7th Army landed on the south coast, while Field Marshall Montgomery came ashore on the southeast side of the island. Within 3 days, 150,000 troops were ashore.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.