Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Family Saved from the Dumpster


Such a lovely family, isn't it? There are at least four generations of photographs here--a legacy of images--volumes of  history--an entire family--saved from the dumpster. . . .

Yes, someone threw this precious family--and their heritage--away. . . .

A few weeks ago, John made a visit to the local dumpster--set up for depositing larger items. . . .What he found left me speechless. . . .so speechless that I've done nothing but think about it ever since. . . .

He found dozens of vintage photographs, eight to ten family albums, memento boxes filled with vintage baby items, and framed studio photographs, many very old. . . .

It was a sad find. . . .

Bless my John's heart, he wasn't about to leave the family there alone. . . .He rescued them--and all their memories--and brought them home to who else but me. . . .He knows how dear I hold family. . . .He knew I'd want to adopt them. . . .

Adopt them I did. . . .You may have noticed a few of the photos in my recent posts. . . .


Every family has a story to tell. . . .
The happy couple married young--possibly out of high school. . .  He served his country in the Navy. . . .She stayed home and raised a family during the 1950s. . . .They had three children. . . .

They were close to their families--many generations represented in the photos. . . .She was raised in a tenant style home, where her parents remained. . . .Holidays were often spent with the Parents and Grandparents. . . .Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins and Friends gathered there. . . .Every time there was a family gathering, the camera was grabbed for family portraits--to remember the occasion and the loved ones who attended it. . . .

How am I doing, so far?


Being passionate about keeping family history, I must confess it confuses me as to why anyone would throw their family away. I do realize not everyone is interested in the past but am willing to bet someone in this family is. . . .We never know what grandchild or great grandchild or some distant cousin will one day wish to know about their heritage. When that day comes will all be lost?
 

If no family member is interested in their heritage, there are also archives, museums, and libraries that would treasure the family history and photographs. . . . 


Please take a lesson from our discovery. . . .
Think about your own family--your heritage--and keep it alive--
Please don't throw them in a dumpster. . . . It's so sad when a family is lost and forgotten. . . .Treasure your family's life stories. . . .always.

. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .


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