Touching Memories

16 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 I was unloading the dishwasher on Sunday, not my favorite job, when I realized I was taking a particular pleasure in putting away a cereal bowl. It’s not anything special to look at, a white melamine bowl with a light blue rim decorated with dark blue and purple abstract seagulls. The inside of the bowl has a lighthouse with clouds and more birds. If you saw it at a garage sale you would offer ten cents to take it home for a cat dish.  What makes this bowl special is the memories associated with it’s use, memories of our RV days, crossing the country by day and cozy nights.

I’ve noticed it’s not just the bowl that evokes these feelings and it’s not related to just the age of an item. I love running my fingers along furniture my mom rescued from someone’s trash and restored as well as the shiny green surface of the plates we bought at IKEA when we were setting up our mountain home.

I think it is magical to be able to touch or see an object and experience once again the memories those items created. I wonder if that is why I love to touch in the antique stores.


Philippians 1:3



3 Responses to “Touching Memories”

  1. 5kidswdisabilities August 18, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I have a few coffee mugs like that. My husband complains because they don’t all match, but they don’t all match for a reason! A lot of them have sentimental value.


    • oldthingsrnew August 18, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      I love “they don’t all match for a reason”. I may use that in the future.


  2. DiVoran Lites August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I feel the same way as you do Onisha. We’ve lived in our house a long time and everywhere we look we see something that brings to mind a special time or person. How blessed we are to have these things, but we are even more blessed to have the memories. I rejoice with you.


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