Each Sunday after church my friend Kristy and I would scour the parking lot of Robinson High School while our parents visited. (We held church at the school for several months while our new chapel on Ox Road was being constructed.) Colorful, unbent, and unique bottle caps were the most prized.
At one time I also had a collection of paper napkins carefully gathered from assorted birthday parties and wedding receptions. I also recall having a sticker collection and a postcard collection, but tragically those have disappeared.
Yet . . . I am still collecting.
My collection of tiny boxes is my most sentimental menagerie. For posterity's sake, here is its origins:
- Brian purchased my very first (the oval flower imprinted one in the center) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York early in our marriage while attending a conference in New Jersey.
- The heart-shaped pewter one he brought home to me from Munich, Germany.
- My mom gave me the little rectangular box with an "S" on it after my Dad passed away. It was in his top bureau drawer with his watch, keys, wallet, etc. We have no idea where or how he acquired it, but my dad kept it for some reason and that is all that matters.
- Brian brought the turquoise one back to me from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- The one from New Orleans is self explanatory. So glad Brian thinks of me when he is traveling!
- The flute player (paying homage to Rachel) is from Albuquerque, New Mexico--again from hubby's travels.
- We are a true cat-loving family so when Brian spied the cat box in Cincinnati, Ohio he HAD to present it to me on his return.
- The taller one belonged to my Grandma Carlson. She purchased it while she was in Guatemala on an LDS mission and I acquired it when she passed away.
- The last intricate oval one was recently rediscovered in my childhood jewelry box. My Uncle Will brought it home from his LDS mission to Thailand when I was a teenager. I thought it was time it was included in my collection.
- The pewter and wooden one is the second purchase Brian made for me at the British Museum in London, England.
- The vibrant bird box was given to my dad by a coworker. It is from some where in Latin America.
- Brian and I purchased the rectangular box (in front) together on a couple trip to Hawaii where Brian had yet another conference.
- The red flower box was sent to me this last year from my mom while she was on her LDS mission in Germany.
- Lastly, the simple square wooden box was purchased in Muir Woods during a family vacation to the Bay Area.
There you have it--one of my grown-up collections. What do YOU collect?