How to store mementos – Jot #7

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 7th is brought to you by Tara! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Tara’s word for our prompt today is “memento.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

As to Storing Mementos

A box full of photo albums and old school papers,
The musty smell of once-loved stuffed toys,
Plastic bags full of coats that are too small or too large,
The ski boots that will never again grace my older and wiser feet,
Origami-folded notes from boys who have long since become men.

Crates of carefully chosen china, saved for “special occasions,”
Seven years worth of tax returns, and other “important documents.”
Obsolete kitchen appliances that never really worked anyway.
Once sparkly trinkets, now dulled with dust, 
Obviously meant to accent a decor from two decades ago.

Records that I saved up for weeks to buy, 
Now mute because I no longer have a turntable.
A shelf devoted to the gewgaws which have become meaningless 
Because I have forgotten who gave them to me.
Instruction booklets from gadgets that broke ages ago.

Mementos from various weddings and funerals,
Newspaper clippings and Playbills
Half-filled journals and home exercise equipment,
Testaments to past New Years Resolutions,
Enough Christmas decorations to festoon ten homes.

And then there is the corner where we put the things
That no longer fit in the down-sized apartments of our parents.
And all the things that our grandparents likewise
Put in our parents' storerooms when they downsized.

With no future generations basements to fill,
I am left with the ponderous job of sorting out
What might be the most important things to find a good home for.
How can I find someone who will love and take care of 
My grandmother's china or my great-grandfather's books? 

I know that one day, I will have to cry
Because nobody will ever love my dad's clarinet the way he did,
Nobody will ever play those old records,
Nobody will ever wear that sequined sweater, knit with love,

Because somebody will carelessly throw away all the old photos
Of my family, people that nobody will know anymore, 
Stories that will no longer have voices. 

https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/08/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-8th/

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