Posted on November 4, 2013
Treasured Times to Share
Ever since my grandma let little-girl-me play in her button box, I have loved buttons of all shapes and sizes. Among my treasured possessions is my grandma’s button box. It has no value to anyone but me. But for me, it brings back wonderful memories of time spent with her, looking at the different buttons, finding the ones that matched, and lining them up in pretty rows.
Now my granddaughters like to play in my button box. Every so often, I add a few new buttons (or old ones from my grandma’s box—they love to hear about their long-ago great-great-grandma Hilda) to keep them interested in coming back. I hope that someday after I’m gone, they’ll relive happy times with me through the “memory vehicle” of that colorful little box.
Memories are born out of simple things. Maybe you can’t afford to build memories on expensive vacations or fancy collectible toys. But you can think back to treasured moments from your early years (I’ll guarantee that many of them revolve around simple moments), then share what you loved with your children and grandchildren.
As the Thanksgiving/Christmas season approaches, take a few minutes to reflect on your best memories. Then consider how you can adapt or recreate one or two of them for your family. Keep it simple, and make it fun!