The keeper of memories...

When my parents bought their last house the previous owner had left a lot of personal things behind.  They had passed away, and the children didn't want a lot of what had been left if it didn't have monetary value.  A few of those items were the deceased diplomas.  He was a very accomplished man- graduated from the Virginia Military Academy and a chemical engineering degree from Rice University aka The Harvard of the South.  He went on to become the Vice President of Exxon.

I am now the keeper of these memories.  The diplomas are beautiful with hand written signatures and printed on beautiful vellum and sheepskins...

I'm thinking of framing them.  Sounds silly, I know, but they seem more like art to me than "just diplomas"....


  1. I'm a Sentimental Person. I think of things like this as a special part of someones history. Good for you. I have items of family members I never meet. But it's special. Good to see your post Sweetie!

  2. I framed a couple of old deeds just because I like the old paper and script style.....so go for it!

  3. I just can't imagine that someone in their family wouldn't want those. That's kind of sad to me.

  4. Timely post for me to read as I was wondering today what would happen to my diplomas. I took one of them out of the frame so it wouldn't take as much room in my cedar chest. The other one is in the attic.

  5. I love this post.
    I am a frequent auction goer and often I will come home with old photos that were part of a box lot. I do not have the heart to throw them out so I add them to my families old pictures that I have displayed in an old ironstone bowl on our end table. In a sense they become part of our family.
    It is kind of sad that know one in the family wanted the diplomas but at least now they have a new home. I think framing them is a great idea.

  6. Doesn't sound silly at all. I think it's a great idea.
    Crazy the kids didn't want anything but I know others like that.

  7. This amazes me... that a total stranger had a greater heart than those natural descendents who didn't want to do nothing with their parents precious possessions... and the heart and love.. yes, love, to treasure other's values... more than values--the personal achievements and hard days of work and long hours of study which one day meant so much to those strangers. What a great thing you've done by keeping those old un-valuables. Yes, frame them!



Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia