This week brought back a lot of memories of my childhood. Many of which I hadn’t even thought about for years. My dad found a box in his attic in South Carolina where he had kept some of my memorabilia while I was moving all over California.
He asked if I’d like the box sent to me not really knowing what was in it and I almost told him to trash it thinking it was just some old college books and papers. We decided that it was probably better if he sent them to me just to be sure there wasn’t something in the box I may want and boy am I glad we did.
The box arrived a few days ago (Dad must have sent it express). When I opened it up, I found a bag full of memories my mother had given me years ago that was put away for safekeeping in that box. As I pulled each piece from the bag, I began to realize just how much my parents loved me back then and how sentimental they were.
Mom had saved every report card, teacher note, school picture, newspaper clippings, graduation cards, report cards, class photos, and even my class letters. To top that, my baby book, baby announcements, baby pictures, and baby journal were all kept safely in that bag. It was truly one of the best gifts I could have been given and I am so grateful we didn’t agree to trash the box and thankful for my dad having kept it safe all of these years!
I doubt many people can open a drawer and look at their kindergarten class picture, their sixth grade report card, their school crossing certificates, and nearly every school picture ever taken of them like it was yesterday. Truthfully, I don’t know what I’m going to do with them other than save them to show the kids, and grandkids, one day. But, just knowing they’re there is special.
More important to me than all the memories, is the reminder that both my dad and Mom loved me enough to save those memories. It reminds me of the show, ‘This is Us’ that the Mrs. and I FINALLY decided to watch. We’re starting with season one and have already had to wipe the tears from our eyes more than once!
Tonight, you may not have those memories of your past all in a drawer where you can look at them when you want. They may have been thrown away long ago because they were too painful, but know that, no matter what memories you have of your early years, you have always been loved by a Heavenly Father.
His love is eternal, and He has always been there in your life. Not only that, He will never leave you or abandon you. His acceptance of you is 100% because of Jesus and He will never let you down even if our natural parents do. Most of all, He can make those broken memories new again and help to restore what was lost long ago because that’s just what He does…