I do have a few treasured family items, but they're not the sort of things you'd want to cart around in a suitcase or that you'd use to dress up a temporary space: a piece of red glassware that was my grandmother's, a Psalter in German script that was passed down through her family, some photographs, my mother's earrings, and so on. I don't think those are the "treasured possessions" that Edith was talking about.
The second would be seasonal, ritual-type treasures, things like Christmas ornaments or a birthday plate. (Remember the Red Plates you could buy for special days? The RedPlate.com site mentioned in that post is defunct, though.)
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I'm thinking about my grandparents' move to a granny flat, after forty years in one house. Somehow they managed to make their new living room look something like the old one. My grandpa still had a special chair, and some of his steam-train memorabilia. Grandma's coffee table was still topped by a particular millefiore paperweight.
Maybe. But as Edith says...without any material connections, we risk becoming splintered, unsettled. Our longings for a home on earth may simply reflect our longings for home in heaven, but while we're here, can't we make our homes places that we care for, and where we know we are also cared for?
"She loved Clarence very tenderly; when he was yet a tot, she taught him to be gentle with all that he touched. She began this patient instruction by giving him a rare piece of early Staffordshire, a milkmaid with a brown cow. She taught him to lift the piece with great care and dust beneath it. Over and over again, he did this under her watchful eye, with never a chip or a crack, Father, and he was but a toddler! All that love pouring into him is today poured out into his beautiful [carved] bowls and animals and walking canes." ~~ Jan Karon, Light from HeavenRelated posts:
Interior Decorating and The Friendly Giant (Chapter 5)
What Can We Do? Crafting a Home (Chapter 5)
Homemaking thoughts, Home-making blogs (Chapter 5)