It’s a really ugly box; the lid is warped, its corners in tatters. Let’s throw it away, I say, there’s just a lot of junk in it.

No Mom, she says, look here. Sit down with me.

There are two rusty screws and she asks if I remember that day, when she was five and rode her bike alone for the first time. These are the screws from when Dad took off my training wheels.

A grubby knot of tissue; she unwraps it and there it lies, a gory milk tooth. When you were still the Tooth Fairy; you left the money under my pillow, but forgot to take the tooth.

What about this; a stone? It is a magic pebble, when I have to do an oral exam, I keep it in my pocket and squeeze it in my hand and forget about the class watching me.

A broken torch, a ball of string, a key, a length of bathplug chain …

I guess the box must stay.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Touching, and oh so real. In fact, I just came upstairs after spening an hour going through junk and finding treasures.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky you Rik, treasures like old friends.

  2. Original Bunn sounds like me…I am extremely sentimental about things. I have a scrapbook with pieces of wrapping paper from gifts I’ve received, I have the casts of my teeth before I had my braces put on, the first keyring I had my first car’s key attached to. The box is definitely going to have to stay.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can’t blame her MTM; I am an incorrigible hoarder myself.

  3. lyndatjie says:

    I’m not going to apologise for being sentimental because then I’m just going to feel all guilty again for the different shoe boxes in my cupboard…

    1. theonlycin says:

      No apologies required.

  4. grandawn says:

    Oh, my dear! I had to run for the tissues.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You got a cold grandawn?

      1. grandawn says:

        No! You made me cry.

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    What a wonderful post! And what a lovely daughter too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Adee, I like her quite a lot 🙂

  6. Val says:

    This touched my heart and of course, as you aptly expressed it, memories and precious times are treasures you can never discard. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much Val.

  7. Satyakam says:

    Time flies by like the retreating waves…. leaving behind some traces on the sand…. and leaving us to wonder about the new found shapes of lives lived yesterday 🙂

    I instantly few back to my old days and started collecting the memoirs…. Beautifully written 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many thanks Satyakam.

  8. MissChris says:

    She’s definately a special Bunn, just like her Mum!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Chris, we’ll just have to see how we get through the teen years…

  9. opoetoo says:

    I hate a bunch of clutter but this is important stuff.
    It must stay.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, it will.

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