“Do you want this? Yes, I’ll take it.” That is how it started. My mom died this past June and in July I loaded a dozen boxes of family photos, slides, film and videos into a Budget rental a truck. I agreed to a sort through 80 plus years of images that I would organize, scan and share with my sister and brother. And they agreed I should do it. That is what I get for being the bossy and organized older sister.
I promised myself that for a “thing” to live in my home it must be beautiful or useful. If the object can fulfill both criteria, I am overjoyed. But the dozen banker’s boxes in the yellow room are not beautiful or useful. Yes, we name the rooms in our house. I will have to rethink the name if we ever paint the room another color. This weekend I am going to get started and while it feels part scavenger hunt and part HGTV’s Mission: Organization, I am a little concerned that I won’t be able to get this done before the year 2025.
The other challenge is that fall is fast approaching and apple picking is kicking into high gear here in New York. For the past 3 years I have headed out for the day to enjoy the weather and pick a variety of apples. One year I made a killer applesauce that moved me up on the grandmother scale with my granddaughter Lucy. I will let you know what activity wins but in the mean time, do you have any advice for the family memorabilia project? Please share if you do because I know I am not the first person to under take this task nor will I be the last. I would welcome the opportunity to learn from you.