Monday, September 8, 2008

Random Monday Memories

Bud's Margie
~taken about twenty years ago~
Bill and I had been married for about ten years when his mom passed away in 1991. Because my in-laws lived in Florida and we were in Wisconsin or Maryland we never saw them that often. We probably saw them about once a year. I didn't get to know her very well, but I know how much my father-in-loved her.
He's lived with us since December and has mentioned his Margie regularly. When we unpacked the MANY boxes that he brought with him we found her (dozens of) tea-cups lovingly wrapped by him. We found all her sweet little knick-knacks that he hadn't been able to part with. He gave me her very old and worn Bible and said, "You can throw it away or keep it...I don't need it but I've never been able to throw it out". A couple months ago he called me to his room and took a little metal box out of one of his drawers. It contained their birth certificates, marriage license, her death certificate, a copy of his will and one more piece of paper dated July 12, 1943. It's the receipt he received when he bought Margie's engagement & wedding rings. He knows I like old papers, so he thought I'd like to have it. I think it's so wonderful that he's kept it all these years!

PS ~ I kept the Bible!


Shelley said...

Hi Marie, such a sweet story. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Blessings, Shelley

Scrap for Joy said...

What treasures your father-in-law has shared with you. Look at the handwriting on the receipt. I love to look at old handwriting from years ago-it was an art form. It is wonderful that he has kept some things that important to Margie. I wish I had more things from my Mom-I was only 28 when she died and never realized how I would now want some of the things that meant so much to her then.
Building a little swap pile Marie!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ahhh, your father-in-law sounds like such a dear. Margie must have been a very special gal. This is a wonderful story...thank you for sharing it. I knew that you'd keep her Bible...