Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hidden Treasures

Lately I have been cleaning, I mean DEEP cleaning. Closets, drawers, and things stashed away in nooks and boxes. There are a few good things that have come from this. I "found" a bag of flower seeds that I had bought long ago. The plant year was 2005....I gave it a try, planted them, and guess what? They started to sprout....until my beautiful grand kids decided to dig in the tempting rich dirt that was calling them to come play. A few of the seedlings have survived but for the most part it will be a small harvest of flowers this year. Next, I "found" two gift certificates, one for a mani-pedi, the other for a day at the spa (this one was from Matt and Laci 3 years ago). Whoo hoo! The best treasure was yet to come. I was cleaning out my drawers in my dresser. This dresser belonged to my grand mother. For as long as I can remember she had this beautiful seven piece maple set. After Grandma passed away, my mom took over ownership of this set. I love the old charm and beauty of the warm maple color of this bedroom set. When my mom passed away, it was one of the first and few thing I chose to come to my home. I suppose the complete set is somewhat like the women in our family. We are strong, warm, work better as a complete set, (or family,) and can hold treasures for a lifetime. I regress, I was cleaning out the drawers and decided the drawer liner was in need of a new look. When I picked up one of the liners what treasures did I find? I think it only fitting to show what I found in a dresser drawer, tucked away for safe keeping , by a mother who loved her two daughter to pieces. There were two silhouettes, one of my Auntie Rita( I delivered hers to her) dated 1946, and the other of my mom dated 1947. Mom's was signed "Mothers Day May 14, 1947" at the bottom. How lucky to find such a treasure, in such great shape, lasting for so many years, tucked away by a young mother, so many years ago.
So, on this Mothers Day I would like to thank my grandmother for saving her "gift" for me to find, my Mother for teaching me many of life's greatest lessons, and my daughters for being the awesome mom's that they are. They make my job as Mom, one that I just LOVE!

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Such a neat discovery! Makes me want to make silhouettes of my kiddos, but I better wait until they sit still for a few minutes. :) Happy Mother's Day!

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh - that is unbelievable! I can imagine how excited you must have been to find such a treasure - and it still looks great.

Tara said...

Wow....what a treasure that is!!! just beautiful too!!! i've been planning on doing these of my kids. Thanks for sharing that great story!

Sweet Grandma Rita said...

Jan, Thank you so much for bringing them out for me to see. I am greatful to have it. Thank you too for framing it. I do wish I had taken a picture of the two of them together. I agree that we do have loving and strong women to look back on and those that are following us are loving and strong too. I am thankful for being part of this family. I know your Mothers Day was great. You wouldn have it any other way! Love you.