Today my brother, sister-in-law and I spent the better part of the afternoon moving the remaining pieces of furniture from my mom’s house into their winter storage spot. The house will be going on the market shortly and we need to store the rest of her belongings while we get her opinion and decide what to do with them.
Emptying the trinkets from the larger hutches had me looking over my shoulder a few times for the TV crew from the show Hoarders, but it was only the three of us and the overwhelming presence of nostalgia. As each set of glasses or bowls was uncovered I was transported back to my youth. It amazes me that a glass dish contains the power to bend time. So many memories are locked in the tiny particles that make up those dishes and just holding them in my hands brought those moments rushing back.
Subtle whispers from past holiday meals escaped from a simple gravy boat. Recollections of chocolate pudding with a graham wafer crust and whipped cream were etched into a set of glass bowls. Hidden photographs spoke volumes as they escaped their incarceration in an old shoe box.
Each flashback was just as special and having my brother there to share them was time that I will treasure. Having the afternoon to stroll down memory lane was worth fending off the below zero temperatures as we loaded the trailer several times to empty a house that used to be a home. And even though I don’t have room in my house for any new dishes, those things may find their way into my cupboards so I can listen to those voices from the past a few more times.