The title is a little misleading, I know. . .You were expecting a modern day linen cabinet of fluffy, thick bath towels and crisp, white sheets perfectly folded. . .Right? . .Well, this one is different. . .This make-do cabinet in our living room is full of vintage linens and cotton sacking. . .of fabrics from the 1930s. . .of old lace and cotton string. . .I've shown you this cabinet before. . .It has been around for several years. . .
But. . .that's not the story. . .
It all began when I gazed up at it over my morning coffee. . .A disaster. . .an absolute disaster. . .The piles of linen were no longer piles. . .the string and hemp rolls were a tangled mess. . .the extras were stuffed everywhere. . .So. . .once the coffee cup was empty, I couldn't stand it any longer. . .I set out to organize the shelves once more. . .
But. . .that's not the story either. . .
The story is. . .something many of you already know. . .I surround myself in memories. . .in family history. . .in my history. . .Not that I don't live in the present, making memories for the future. . .I do. . .But my joy in life is living with ALL of my life. . .past and present and future hopes and dreams. . .Nothing proves this more than this simple little vignette. . .inside the linen cabinet. . .
An old cardboard suitcase, all stained and rusty. . .that once held homemade clothes for my favorite doll "Princess". . .A roll of age-spotted white bias tape. . .from my Grandmother Duncan's sewing room where she created gorgeous evening wear during the 1950s and 60s for her loyal customers. . .Folds of drapery pleating tape. . .found in Mother's sewing supplies from the 1980s when she made her own drapes to save money. . .and last but not least, the penned quill John made for me to use at the Greenhow Store in Colonial Williamsburg, where we worked twenty years ago. . .
Not a single one is worth anything to anyone else. . .only myself. . .and the fact that it makes a great photo op. . .But I have spent the entire morning being surrounded by the LOVE that it represents. . .
Maybe I am too sentimental. . .but it sure does make the day go better to be wrapped in HUGS from my past. . .If only for a few moments. . .
I hope you will stop for a few moments and do the same. . .Think of those who have made loving differences in your life. . .and let them hug you. . .The rewards will most certainly make for a great day ahead. . .