Nestled at the bottom of the box was an old guestbook. I remembered seeing it at the time I was clearing out mom’s home. However, as I didn’t recognize it, I set it aside in a box of items to deal with at a later date.
Unfortunately the “later date” was years later.
The covers of the guestbook were made of wood and the pages inside were yellowed and brittle. But the warmth of the faded greetings, most of them from the 1930s to ‘50s, spoke across the long span of years.
The guestbook had never really belonged to my mom, but rather to her late husband, Len, who had passed away several years before her. They had met and married while I was in my twenties. I guess my mom had packed the guestbook away in a box to deal with “later”.
Judging by the dates of the greetings, I think the guestbook had belonged to Len’s parents, or possibly an aunt and uncle. Regardless, I wanted to somehow get it back into the hands of his family. I know I would want someone to do the same for me in similar circumstances.
I was thrilled to be able to track down Len’s daughter and make arrangements to pass on the guestbook, along with a few other items I had found. She was deeply grateful to receive them, as she told me that she and her sisters have very few of her dad’s belongings. What a blessing to pass on those few momentos. I’m confident they will be treasured always.
The experience reminded me once again of how actions, even if seemingly minor ones, can have a positive impact. And maybe that impact will last for generations to come.
Do you have an action you’ve been putting off until “later”? Perhaps it’s returning something, or making a phone call, or visiting someone, or making a long put-off decision.
Really, it’s time to move it to the top of your To Do list!