I’ve got a box full of wonderful memories. Over the years people have written me emails of encouragement, leaflets of love, and, in this case, dryer sheets of sunshine.
In my first year of college, I had trouble reaching out and making friends but people from home sent me stacks of letters and pick-me-ups. If the correspondence came in an email, it was immediately printed. I posted those articles all over the walls of my dorm room. I literally surrounded myself with encouragement, and kept every last scrap of paper.
Even after that first year of school, I continued to hold on to any note people gave me. From time to time I add to the bundle myself. Tickets to a play from an anniversary, my wife’s engagement ring receipt, and scraps of clothing from an old uniform have all found their way into that box.
Most of the pieces in this box bring a smile to my face. A few are more serious in nature but remind me of great lessons.
I don’t dive into that box enough, so I’ve decided to institute Memory Box Monday. I will randomly choose a piece from my box and display it.
This first piece was given to me by my wife, before we started dating, and her friend. I do not remember what the circumstance was but I can tell you without a doubt that it was the first note I ever received on a dryer sheet. In case you were wondering, yes, it still has a slight scent after about 10 years.
If any Memory Box Monday post happens to involve a note that you sent me, please leave a comment to fill in the context of my fading memory. If you have a note or memory you would like to share, send it to me and I’ll make it apart of the segment.