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The fan box

Many years ago, I bought a box of antique fans at an estate sale. My mom gave me the dime being asked for them. 

Before I found the box of fans, I’d complained about being dragged along to sales with my mom. After I found the fans, I felt decidedly more pro-sale.

My older son, Li’l D, discovered the fans a couple of years ago. At least once a month, he’s asked to look at the fans. I even gave him one of his own, and promised him the fans if he still wants them when he’s much, much older.

My husband, Anthony, has witnessed these exchanges. He’s seen the little cardboard box that’s housed the fans for decades and, it seems, decided a better home was deserved. He made that home himself.

For years, I felt my mom when I took out the old box and thought of the gifted dime that bought its contents. Then I felt my mom and my oldest son while sifting. Now, another layer of connection has been added. Anthony is part of the experience of these fans, too.

Someday, Li’l D will pull a small green box off a shelf. When he does, he’ll remember a little of my mom, and a lot of me. And he’ll think of his daddy, too, and how Daddy once sat down to make a fan box in Mommy’s favorite color.

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  1. March 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Those are the very best kinds of memories!

  2. March 27, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I am a fan of the memories and treasure this is.

    • March 28, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I wrote this post after seeing the old box in our recycling bin. Though it was “just” a cardboard box, it felt bigger to me … so I wrote this post to reorient myself, and then tore the logo off the old box so that little bit, too, can be part of the new one.

  3. March 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Memories in the making! I love how your husband became a part of it. So sweet.💕

    • March 28, 2017 at 7:17 am

      I have a whole ‘nother post I want to write about him, but I haven’t figured out where to start. This is a good first step. 💕

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  5. March 27, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Awwww! ❤

    • March 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

      I love watching him create, and seeing what he creates. This was extra awesome for how it blended present, past, and future. *swoon*

  6. March 28, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Love this one! I am a huge fan of memory boxes and have a few of them, though they are disintegrating in a couple of cases.

    • March 28, 2017 at 7:20 am

      My sister got a treasure chest/memory box from her husband long before he was her husband, but I hadn’t thought of making it finding my own … just always carting things around in cardboard boxes! This might change in the near future. 🙂

  7. March 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    How sweet of Anthony to do that for you! I also have a box of antique fans. Keep meaning to have them mounted in shadow boxes and display….someday.

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