Although primarily to Arlie DuBois, I am replying to the entire list to
stress documentation and preservation to all of you wonderful searchers out
Arlie, That's terrific. Genealogy is much more than collecting the greatest
number of associated names. It is collecting traditions; it is collecting
small items that link us to our past; it is collecting a sense of the times
in which our forebearers lived and laughed and struggled.
Please get a sturdy box for your ornament. Have your mother write about how
it came into her possession. Have her include some family traditions that
she remembers. Does she remember the first time she saw the trim? Write
down how you felt when your mother gave it to you. Put your dated narratives
in the bottom of box, pack the ornament carefully, and put it away until next
Christmas. You said you never knew it came from Leon and Lenora's home.
Without documentation and preservation it could revert to just another old,
rather ratty decoration.
I have a yellow dish shaped like a pear. I remember that it sat on Mothere's
dresser when I was young. Mother died in 1971, and I recently found the
packed away in a box. I can't keep everything, and so I relegated it to the
yard sale box. Concurrently, I was reading her old diaries when I came
across an entry for April 2, 1943, four days before her 36th birthday, in the
middle of Word War II. Mother describes the dish is detail. It was a gift
from her pastor's wife, and was, to Mother, a most beautiful and precious
thing in economically strined times. I took the dish out of the yard sale
box, copied the diary entry and taped it to the bottom along with my
narrative about its close call with the indignity of a yard sale. I also
moved it to the living room.
Have a wonderful new year. This list is the greatest.
Lodema DuBois Jenkins