Mrs Negative

Mrs Negative embraces her tardy Positive. Life after IVF and loving the son I never thought I'd have.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Time Capsule














My mum is a sentimental hoarder.
I did not inherit this trait.
She has always found it very difficult to part with trinkets, cards, letters, gifts if there is an emotional connection. As a child, I wrote my mum a continual stream of love letters on tiny scraps of paper, usually my notes consisted of a pledge like this:

To Mummy,
I love you.
You are the prettiest and best mum...Love Simone

I would always draw a bird or small creature that would be saying "True!" or "Really!"
She kept every one.
Earlier this year she moved from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom unit. The downsize suited her, but it meant she had to be very strict on herself & part with many space consuming "treasures".
She filled a box for me & each of my brothers with items she had kept over the years, now ours to hoard....or sort through.
I only went through my box this weekend. I was in raptures unpacking all my childhood goodies. I hadn't seen some of these things for many years. She kept our baby books. Every snippet of information recorded. Our 1st words, a lock of hair at 6 weeks, 6 months...2 years. My baby clothes, booties and hats. My kindy school apron, my first teddy, dolls, my favourite cassettes (Anne Murray: There's a Hippo in My Bathtub) Countless delights. I cooed & purred at toys, jewellry boxes, books. The memories flooding in. I loved these things as a kid.
I have never been more thankful that Mum was a sentimental hoarder. Who knew so much joy could be found under layers of dust?
Thank you Mumma. You are the prettiest and best mum. True, really.

15 Comments:

Blogger Thalia said...

What a lovely discovery chest, I can imagine it brought back lots of lovely memories.

23/11/06  
Blogger Heather said...

My mom was never a "hang it on the fridge" kind of mom. I eventually started to assume she threw the things I made her away. Years later, when I was snooping for hidden Christmas presents, I found a box of things I had made/drawn. It was better than Christmas presents, it was buried treasure. Tangible memories. Good times.

23/11/06  
Blogger Krista said...

ahhhh... what a wonderful post. And I love the pictures. And did you mean to spill your real name?

23/11/06  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

oh I loved this post, whenever I am really down I go to my moms and look through all the photo albums and see where I came from and came through. It is an amazing feeling.
Love the pictures, you and your mom REALLY do ROCK!

23/11/06  
Blogger Lut C. said...

I wonder what my mother kept out of all my craftworks. We moved quite a lot, so I guess it's a pretty strict selection.

How nice to have the nice memories to recall.

23/11/06  
Blogger Alli said...

That is so sweet!

23/11/06  
Blogger Jen said...

very sweet post, aren't mommies the best!

23/11/06  
Blogger theoneliner said...

ahhhhhh, thats sweet.

23/11/06  
Blogger Just another Jenny said...

It sounds like you were as sweet of a daughter as she was a sweet mother!

24/11/06  
Blogger Spanglish said...

I inherited my mother's claustrophobia which means we both toss out our stuff on a regular basis because burgeoning clutter makes us anxious... and we both often regret what we discard. How lovely for you to have your mother's treasures.

24/11/06  
Blogger Drew said...

That is incredibly sweet Mony. I missed reading you.

24/11/06  
Blogger Queen of Dysfunction said...

It must have been fun for you to relive those moments while looking through them. I really like the photos you included, very sweet.

26/11/06  
Blogger Melissa said...

Ha! When I moved out and got married, I got many school projects/homemade Christmas ornaments, and cards to mom back. It was so fun to go through all of it and it felt like I was right back there in 2nd grade

27/11/06  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

Yes, she is indeed. What a lovely caring mumma.

28/11/06  
Blogger My Reality said...

What a beautiful gift she has given you - tangible memories. It says so much about her that she has kept everything.

30/11/06  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home