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The Big Box of Memories

A few weeks ago, I made my first long trip since the virus lockdowns. It was time to sell my Dad’s prized car collection and the entire family was getting together to celebrate and commiserate. While in town, I went over to the garage where he had kept his collection. The “car shack” now houses all the boxes from the attic. Old financial records, ancient photographs, paintings that scream 1970 and other memorabilia are positioned where we can make decisions about what to do with the all the stuff of life. In the midst of all of this, I found a box called “Lynn’s scrapbook.” There was no book in there per se – but the box was clearly filled with lots of old stuff from my childhood. While I stopped to look at a few of the things from my young years– like a sketch of a horse – I mostly focused my limited time on taking care of more pressing matters. Jen and I just piled the box along with several other things into the rental car and took it to the UPS Store to package and ship home. The huge box arrived a few days later and it’s been sitting here, unopened until yesterday. I had a few minutes between meetings and decided to open it up – and immediately closed it right back. What stared me in the face were papers, pictures, stacks and stuff. Lots of them. This is going to take a while. I ...
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