A few weeks ago I spotted an employee at Goodwill looking through a photo album before she put it on the shelf. The album was ordinary, but the photographs. The photographs were beautiful. A few of the photos have names, no dates. I know little about them except that they were family members. A few I believe are of the same girl.
And at an Estate Sale last weekend I discovered a Memory Book dated most recently to 1923. The book is filled with notes from friends, beautiful quotes, and favorite Bible verses. The owner of the book, Ruth, was Swedish believer who lived in the town of Harris, Minnesota. Throughout the book she filled out her favorite teachers, chums, books, and class plays. She scratched out the section "class day" to write a prayer list 4 pages long of people in the community.
Its a powerful personal journal filled with quotes like, "Pardon others often but yourself seldom. Whatever you do, do well. Whenever you speak, speak kindly. Give joy wherever you dwell. The love of God is broader than the measure's of man's mind."
So almost 100 years later I am left wondering. What do I do with this? These found things are so personal. Why would a family sell beautiful family history? I have a few ideas (this or that) for antique photographs. What would you do with these pieces?