Today’s post comes to us from Jacque.
Recently I have felt a rush of appreciation from family and a newly found old friend. The most recent appreciation episode is from someone long ago, my Grandpa who died in 1964. As I have mentioned, I have been sorting through family pictures and papers, slowly making tedious progress. Last week I took apart my old picture albums, and threw away duplicates (did I really need four copies of the many pictures taken at my first wedding, the ensuing marriage which ended in divorce? I think not.) This reduced the picture collection by 75%, to a mere 5 picture boxes to organize and cull more. I will set this aside for a while.
Now I am starting to pick through the three overflowing plastic bins of papers, letters, deeds, cattle pedigrees and, yes, more pictures that are not mine, but my parents’, grandparents’, and great grandparents’ memorabilia. There in one bin I found Grandpa Stratton’s wallet, which my mother must have kept after he no longer lived with us in 1963. His wallet contained a 1960 paper driver’s license, hand-typed and signed with no identifying picture, his fishing license much the same as the driver’s license, and my kindergarten picture with a four leaf clover pressed into it. He and I spent a lot of time seeking four leaf clovers.
Looking at this gives me a poignant moment, remembering a loving Grandpa. My kindergarten forehead is stained with the patina created by a copper snap in the wallet, which ate through the picture sleeve. The four-leaf clover is flat and fragile and dear. It brings tears to my eyes. I cannot throw away the old wallet because of the picture and the shamrock. It now lies in my desk drawer where I can sneak a peak at it on a bad day(s) in which nobody else loves me enough.
My wallet is remarkably utilitarian compared to Grandpa’s wallet. I carry all my pictures of the Grandchildren on my phone, leaving the wallet to house plastic cards, coins, receipts, and disorganized bills of various denominations. No sentiment there at all.
What is in your wallet?