With all my efforts to declutter in my senior years, I am fascinated with a recent collection of family things inherited by my husband. As we sort though books back to the 1800’s, I have particularly enjoyed notes written in front of books, homework stuck in the pages, and signatures. One of the biggest thrills yesterday was a little book of Christmas stories — and a note from my husband’s grandfather in beautiful script. It said something like “Read this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.” He had signed his name. It is a treasure. My husband is seventy years old, so you can well imagine the years that have passed since his grandfather wrote that note. I can just see him settled back in a rocker, a young family man, reading that book just before the holiday season, and hoping others who follow will read and enjoy. It brings to mind the messages we are leaving for our future great great grandchildren. What could I write that they would enjoy that many years into the future? How can I send my future descendants a gift now when they are not even part of this world yet? I am open to your ideas. Please post your thoughts.
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