A while back, I got a phone call from my hubby's sister Maudie. You all know Maudie if you have been visiting me for awhile. She is a wonderful Sister-in-Law. Her hubby is a pastor and they were moving out of state for him to pastor a new church and they were cleaning out some things before the move. She said she had Mr. P's old chest that he had at home when they were younger and wondered if he would want it. I didn't ask,,,, I said sure. A few weeks ago, we went to visit and brought the chest home.
Now to anyone else it is just a chest. And we felt the same way when we were married almost 40 years ago. Yes, we were young,,,,, he was 18 and I was 17. When I saw the chest, it brought back memories of those early days of our marriage. I remember after our wedding the weekend we went to his home and emptied out the chest. He lived in an older home with few closets and all of his clothing was folded neatly in this chest. And along with clothing were a few hidden treasures. The contents of this chest was what he brought to our home when we joined together as husband and wife. The chest was never given another thought.
I guess it was used by other family members throughout the years. Maudie was the baby of all his siblings and I guess the last one to use it. I am so blessed that she thought to ask if we would like to have it. You all know how I love treasures especially if it has a story behind it.
Oh if this chest could talk. Love letters written from our high school years, photos of when we were dating, old coins, and what other treasures were safely snuck away between layers of clothing. And what did it hold from other family members over the years. I love the patina of the wood. Mr. P. oiled it down and I wanted it left as it was.
Deciding where to put it ,,, well that was my next problem. I had intended to place it at the foot of the bed in the guest room. However, I wanted it where I could see it and enjoy it for awhile. So,, I chose to replace the little black bench in front of the settle with the chest.
For now a once wooden chest, is now come full circle and back to it's original owner. As a young couple it was just a chest, but as the years have come and gone, it has become a well loved treasure. Oh, what memories it holds for a couple still madly in love after all these years.
Thanks for stopping by to visit,. Hope you have treasures in your life whatever they might be. Have a blessed Thursday and a wonderful weekend.
Until next time.