Monday, October 21, 2013

Found Inside a 45 Year Old Binder



Can you picture a little freckle-nosed, hair-flipped, junior higher carrying a hard-back binder up against her chest? It was red and black plaid. I loved that thing. Taped onto the inside cover was a special little reminder from my mother. In recent years I have searched in vain for this poem online. My memory only held the first line and I figured that it would remain a vague memory. I began to think that I had imagined it. 


But today as I cleaned out another box from the garage shelves, I discovered a treasure box of keepsakes I had put away forever ago. I read letters from old friends, stroked the silky hair of troll dolls and surprise, surprise, found the little "Thoughts" poem that had been taped into my jr high binder! I didn't just imagine it! 





Here it is on a plaid background so you can read the smile -reminder for yourself. Now that I had the rest of the poem I was able to do a bit of research and it was published in a small newspaper in Idaho in 1965 and an Iowa newspaper in 1967. No author names are recorded.

We are all products of our childhoods. We carry with us the good, the bad and the ugly. Thankfully "the good" comes along with those other two. I have always known that we are not created to be submissive to our moods. That we have an active choice in our attitude. (Thanks Mom!)

Taking our thoughts captive and "Being the Boss of Our Brain" have been recurring themes here at RCL.The roots have been discovered. Did I think that I had discovered this truth on my own?

Connecting the dots today as this 58 year old smiles back at the little freckle-nosed 7th grader. 

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7 comments:

  1. Don't you just love finding lost treasures? I know I do. Thank you for sharing this. You and I had such smart mothers. Someday I will share some of what my mother taught me as a child, similar to this.
    Enjoy your cleaning/packing days. You may discover other precious memories in the process. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you begin this new adventure!

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    1. I also found a few letters he wrote me that I don't recall, because I was in my own self-centered la-la land I guess. At the end of her life she sounded pretty negative in attitude but she instilled good things along the way when I was young.

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  2. That is awesome. Love the poem and the plaid! I can't believe you are moving. I join with Pamela with prayers. That can be overwhelming...although you have been downsizing for awhile, right?

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    1. Yes, actually for years we have been intentionally refusing to clutter or add stuff unless we removed stuff. But making the decision to move has put a fire under me that just won't quit. I love it! Everyday I do my moves, my writing assignment and then tackle a closet or garage box. Feels SO good!

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  3. It's awesome that you kept all this stuff and now you can look back on these thoughts and memories. My mom was a minimalist and I picked up a bit of that. No, though, I wish I still had some of those old letter and journals.

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  4. It is always interesting to find items from our past. I believe God allows us these times in order to point out that we have either come so far or that we had special times that we need to remember.

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  5. That poem was darling. Childhood memories. Gotta love them.

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