1. Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones,
that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or
Epherma...This is not a word I used until the last several years, but it
was something I collected. For as long as I can remember, I have
collected and saved the "stuff" of life...movie ticket stubs, post-cards,
programs from church or school events, cards sent to me and anything
else that I happened upon that would commenerate a particular event
or life experience. I didn't realize until recently that I just may have
"inherited" this love/need of collecting stuff from my mother...
As my parents have gotten older, I have been assisting them with
getting some things better organized. They want me to know where
all of their "important" papers and documents are located and filed.
During this process, I have found some things, that to me, are
|A sheet of stationery that my Mom saved from the Motel where she and my Dad|
spent their first night as husband and wife.
This sheet of stationery is one of the "stuff of life" items that I recently found
at my parents home. A sheet of paper that is 58 years old...I love that my Mom
has kept it all these years.
|A post-card from a pizza restaurant in Miami. My parents visited this|
restaurant soon after they moved to Miami in 1952.
It was the first time my Mom ate pizza.
The first time my Mom ate pizza...the beginning of a favorite food...
I called her a few days ago around "dinner time"...she was eating pizza.
I love hearing the life stories of my parents, other family members and
those I meet on this journey of life...and collecting the "stuff" of life
makes the stories even better.