There’s one room in the house that is notorious for being the junk room. That room is our office. In it, the computer desk is always piled high with bills and statements to be filed away. My craft table is always littered with scrapbooking paper and other embelishments. And I can always count on seeing a stack of odds and ends shoved up against the wall. As if the clutter isn’t bad enough, the room itself hasn’t seen a vacuum in weeks. But I’m trying to change all that.
The first step to making the change started with de-cluttering the stack of odds and ends by the wall. And the most important of these odds and ends were some old relics Mikey inherited from his mom a few months ago. Pictured below are two of those artifacts — Mikey’s great-grandfather’s sword from his days as a police chief and a metal encasement that housed a number of Mikey’s historical family documents. We hung shelves in the office last weekend to showcase these special symbols of Mikey’s family history.
But what I found most intriguing were the documents inside the metal encasement.
A majority of them were documents and certificates for his great great grandfather, Thomas R. Roemer.
I’m sure great great grandma Julia would be happy to know that these papers are still in her family’s hands. While the documents are delicate, they’re still in decent shape. And I can’t get enough of that vintage, old-paper smell. It’s the smell of old library books – which I love.
Sifting through all of these papers makes me wonder what hand-written keepsakes I have that can be passed down to my kids some day. In today’s day and age where we text and type, I can’t say I have a whole lot of love letters or special notes that I keep tucked away in a drawer. But being a writer, I, of all people, should be one to think about starting a box with a few hand-written somethings. Not every piece of paper needs to be shredded or recycled. There are some words in life that should just be saved.