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one person’s treasure


It was in a sewing box. It was only a small bit of paper, a scrap, folded once and tucked into the elasticised pocket in the lid. But it’s been years since she died and no one’s found the note, taken the flour, sugar, butter and eggs from the cupboard, the fridge, tasted her sweetness, and wondered what type of person she was. This person with the backward s and the five-petal flowers in the corner, who underlined cinnamon and added after it an exclamation mark. This person who called her cookies buttons, and perhaps didn’t know the difference between the two. Or maybe someone has found the note, and they’ve left it there for a reason. Maybe they’ve filled the box with needles and bobbins and strips of ribbon and perhaps even put in the pocket the tiny, odd bits of whatever might get lost amongst everything else in the main compartment. But they’ve left her note just as it was because it was folded so neatly, placed just so, and because where else do buttons belong but in a sewing box?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    19/04/2010 12:54 pm

    This invokes so many memories for me. I can remember my Nana’s old sewing box and the time I spent looking through it as a child, getting all sorts of ideas about what things were and the jobs they were supposed to help “grown ups” perform.

    • 19/04/2010 1:05 pm

      That’s lovely, Nicole! That’s exactly why visiting antique stores is so wonderful. They’re full of stories and memories and that sweet sense of nostalgia, even when the objects right in front of you don’t belong to you. We’re pleased that you relate to this week’s post… it’s always funny when you think back to how you used to see things as a child!

  2. Bruce permalink
    22/04/2010 2:42 am

    Lovely, really

    • 22/04/2010 12:02 pm

      Bruce! Thank you 🙂 It means a lot coming from a wise and sensitive llama such as yourself.

  3. 02/08/2010 10:48 am

    If this is New Farm antiques I think I have the matching deer antlers on my wall!!

    • 11/08/2010 5:30 pm

      Sadly no we hadn’t yet discovered New Farm antiques! This polaroid was taken at the Paddington Antiques centre, the ampersand caught my eye and together with the antlers made a great feature wall for the pic.

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