But, basically the cabin is for long term storage. I only go up when I have to.
The gun room attic is pretty much camping, summer outside toys, and a lot of odds and ends. I can get into it without a ladder and it tends to be where I put (chuck!) stuff I don't know what to do with!
But, today I visited all 3. My reason was to find a certain tote that contained a certain box. Mysterious, huh? Not really.
My sister in law, Suzy, called yesterday. It seems my brother had the wonderful idea to get my mom a bottle of the perfume my dad used to give her every year for Christmas. My dad is now in a care home and has alzheimers. He doesn't remember any of us any more. Mom is familiar, but he doesn't know who she is. For anyone who has a loved one with this disease, you will understand how hard it is to watch happen. My dad was a wonderful father and a doting husband. He put Mom on a pedestal, and loved her completely. Dad would buy Mom a bottle of Guerlain perfume, even though it was expensive and we were not terribley flush when I was growing up. He would have to have it ordered in specially some years. Sometimes he bought her the scented soap as well. It is the scent that defines Mom to me.
When Suzy called asking if I knew the name of the perfume, I remembered it was Guerlain, but that is just the company not the specific perfume. I could remember the box. And then it dawned on me that I had one of the boxes in a 'memories box'. But, as it is something I rarely need to find, I couldn't remember where I had stored it or exactly what tote it was! Hence my whirlwind tour of our attics.
|This is a really sweet apron my mom made|
for me one Christmas when I was a new wife and mom!
|This classic little back dress is one my mom had made and|
wore as her 'going away outfit' when she and my dad married. My 2nd eldest, Jordan wore it
to a Christmas banquet one year.
I peeked into several carefully wrapped up packages and found my rabbit collection (I love bunnies!) which, when the house is finally done, will find a new home.
But, I didn't find the perfume box.
I then did a quick look through the gun room attic and realized fairly quickly it wasn't in there.
So on to attic #3-the cabin. I was able to locate, ( my memory was jarred on seeing it) a green older type tote that I knew held many of my keepsakes. In it were letters, cards, school reports, small toys, a child's jewelry box, photos...and Mom's perfume box. I opened it up and could smell the lovely scent again. It has to be at least 35 years old! Amazing! (Unfortunately, only the company name Guerlain was on the box, so my search later continued on their website where we think we have found the right one!)
|Mom's perfume box.|
|My wedding dress!|
Once I had what I was seeking in hand, I took a few moments to relish the memories this tote contained. Birthday cards from my wonderful Granny, who passed away in 1989. Little cards and notes sent from her over the years...all so precious. A poem my hubby had written me on my birthday when we were young, new parents and just starting out. Reports I had written for school, my graduation certificate... So many memories. I cried a few tears and tucked them all back into the tote, except for a couple of mementos I had from a family trip to Disneyland when I was 13 that I wanted to show Alley and Zac, my wedding dress and my mom's black dress.
I realized today, that one day I will no longer be around (yes, I know, duh!) and all of these things I hold so dear won't mean anything to anyone else! There are things that I want to hand on to my kids with the stories of what they are, what they mean to me. Things that I think they will maybe pass on to my grandchildren one day along with the memories. So, I am making my 1st New Years Resolution now....I will somehow find the time to go through my memories, and write about them, so that the things attached to the memories won't just be "something that was my mom's/grandma's", but will have the history with them. Then, I will take each of my children and give them the things I think they will appreciate and cherish.
|Alley loved my wedding dress and had to try it on!|