Friday, April 2, 2010

A Box of Memories from Dad

My father gave me a box of stuff that he thought I might want.

Some books, some trinkets of things we had done together, the cards I gave him for his birthday or father’s day, playing cards that I had sent him from various states…You get the idea right!

Well in this box I found some items that blew me away, that he had saved.

Here is a lovely card that my grammie (birth mother's side) sent me in 1984.

She wrote:

Dear Ones - I wanted you to know I was thinking of you this morning as I went about my chores, so I decided to drop a line, and send along the envelope (She sent a self address envelope with a stamp) hoping I might hear how things are going. Also I have heard from ____, she wrote back that she had tried to call you, but no phone. So I guess all I can do is send along her address for correspondence. (A little piece of paper with the address, right here in Texas)

We are all okay - I keep busy with my volunteer work to help feed and clothe needy children. Nana (Her mother) is getting stronger each day since her fall and the hip should be mended so she can go back home (to Maine) the last of April. Grampie is finishing the inside of our new house, just across the highway by the lake here (Florida). None of the eight rents (rental houses) have sold yet, so he is busy as ever. Well, I'll go sew a few more quilt squares = do hope I might hear good news from you.
Our Love, Grammie.

I never received this letter. I'm guessing my parents didn't want me to want to see my birth mother or to know that see was so close to us. I know they were just trying to protect me from her evil ways.

This next one is a postcard, also from grammie in 1976.

She wrote:

Hi (to my daddy),

Was so pleased to hear from you, and happy about your coming marriage, very happy. Saw (new mom's) picture in the paper - she is nice looking. Your folks called on us - left note as we was away darn it. We'd love to have Heather visit us, okay? You and your new wife too if you can, any time.

Hope to see you friday eve, around 6 o'clock - if Heather can come for a week or so. If not please drop us a card.

Our Love, Grammie.

I just thought that was soo cool of her to be so accepting of my dad getting a new wife, especially considering they were my birth mother's parents.

This was a gift I bought for my dad in 1978.

I was lucky enough to have gotten to go to a camp for the summer. I still don't know how my parents managed to come up with the money, but I was thrilled to go.

I remember it was the first time I got to ride an elephant. I have been fascinated with them ever since.

Some how I managed to have some pocket money. Right before it was time to leave, I went to the gift shop and bought this captains wheel (as you can see the spokes have all broken off). I knew daddy would love it! I guess he really did, cause he kept it all these years!

It was so nice that dad gave these things to me. Although it does reveal his hoarding side! LOL! Sometimes a little hoarding can be a good thing or I wouldn't have these little gems.


Joanie M said... [Reply to comment]

You have lots of good memories to look back on. It was good of your Dad to save them and then give them to you.

Angelia Sims said... [Reply to comment]

Those keepsakes are timeless memories. I know how meaningful they are and how they can invoke deep feelings that are sweet to our soul. My dad saved everything. My mom saves it all too! I can't believe that card had the daisies coming out of the mailbox. Wow!

Jerry said... [Reply to comment]

Fathers. Daughters. A love like no other.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

So sweet that he saved al those things.

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

Heather that is so incredibly touching, that he's kept that stuff all those years.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Did you ever get to visit with your Grammie? I hope, it seems unkind to keep you from her.

And yes, it is lovely that your Dad kept these things all these years - not hoarding - more like love.

Lucy said... [Reply to comment]

How wonderful for you that he saved those things for you. He sounds like he loved you very much.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a fantastic box of memories - your post was so very touching :0)

Dorothy said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful gift he gave knowing it was time for you to know things of the past. Tells me I should consider doing the same for my daughter...Blessings and thank you..

Have a wonderful weekend.

Dorothy from grammology

Mrsbear said... [Reply to comment]

Aw. Those are sweet mementos. My in-laws do a lot of hoarding, but when something like this falls in to your hands, it's amazing how easily it can transport you. I'm sure you're glad your dad didn't just pitch it in to the trash. It shows a very tender side.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Joanie...Some amazing memories. Thanks!

Angelia...It was very sweet, but made me miss my grammie a lot. I remember your post about all the stuff you found after your dad passed. I guess my dad just wanted to make sure we got the things he wanted us to have.

Jerry...So true!

Suzicate...He couldn't help himself but to save them, he saves everything!!

Maureen...I was surprized to find that captians wheel, I thought it had been lost years and years ago.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Grace...Not at that time, we was preparing for the wedding. I did get to go while they honeymooned. I saw them quite often in the summers.

Lucy...He better! I cleaned his carpets for him! LOL! Just kidding!


Dorothy...Dad did this with all five of us. One box per kid. I think it is a great idea.

kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

What a neat thing for your dad to give you! How special! I hope you have a happy Easter!

Ocean Girl said... [Reply to comment]

That is a very special gift from a father to his daughter. It touched me.

kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, Heather...what lovely, precious gifts to browse through!

It's lovely to know your dad loved the things in that box...what a great trip down memory lane...

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Mrsbear...It was like finding a treasure, but with memories attached. Yes glad didn't just throw it.

Kendrasue...Thanks and hope your Easter went well also.

Ocean Girl...We do have a bond and I am glad.

Kathryn...It was fun and emotional. Thanks.