Treasure Hunting

November 5, 2013


Seeing as the house renovations start next week, it was finally time to get everything cleared out. You know what that means, right?


Where all the best things hide.

I mean, you never know what you will find when you clean out a house that holds 60 years of history, but I’ll tell you this – the pictures are always the best. There is a box that can only be described as EPIC, and I don’t use that term lightly. (My dad is so SO thankful he’s not on Facebook right now.)

meme and poppy

Those are my grandparents, but I don’t know what year just yet. I’m pretty sure that is in the backyard and that tree in the background is now a climbing tree of awesome. (Fun fact: My dad planted that tree.)

Dude. The dress and the pin. And please check out the tux! Not seen, but there: pinky ring. My grandfather could DRESS, y’all.

grandpa and poppy

These are my grandfathers, Grandpa and Poppy (mom’s side and dad’s side, respectively), having a fine old time at my parents’ wedding. I wish I knew what story was being told. These two were a riot.  (But, see? Pinky ring.)

mom and I

Hey, look! That’s me!

I was as much trouble as you’d imagine, but mom seems okay with it. The 70s were awesome, you guys.

But here is where things get really fun:

house information

Know what that is? That is financial information on the house from 1967. In my grandfather’s handwriting. On the back of a bank deposit slip. $25,000 for a house seems kind of surreal, doesn’t it?

mizzou graduation

The program from my college graduation. The best summer of my life to this day. My grandmother got to meet friends and someone very special to me and, well, finding this today was really nice.

meme poppy ketuba

This is my grandparents’ ketuba – with their original signatures. THIS was kind of stunning to find, to be honest. I’m not sure what to do with it quite yet, but something special.

Every drawer and every cabinet and every box and every envelope held something worth laughing, or ooooohhhing, or crying about. It’s not lost on me that one day there are people who will go through MY things and try to unravel the mysteries of things I’ve kept or collected through the years.

I hope my things tell a good story, too.

I can only imagine what treasure we’ll find tomorrow.

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6 Responses to “Treasure Hunting”

  1. Leslie Says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love treasure like this. I posted today about something similar. I have love letters that my Grandparents exchanged in 1943 and I’m transcribing and posting pairs of them. So fun to read them and get to know them as young people in love. One day will people read the blogs we leave behind?

    • Pam Says:

      Oh, I hope so. Some of what I write is so the kids have a record of their lives – and mine. I guess our kids will have to clean out our houses AND our sites? 😉

  2. sara Says:

    And how I remember those hands and that pinky ring……..made me cry…….

  3. Amelia Says:

    Loved this….so wonderful…..and to see Uncle Ook! Loved that “Mischievous” Gerson smile….one that I see sometimes in you and your adorable kids.

    And since we are just starting to go through my mother-in-laws things, I’m with ya there cuz! Lots of hidden and wonderful treasurers….amazing what got saved and where it’s been hiding.