Cleaning house

What do you do when you really can’t go outside? With the ‘shelter in place’ for Covid-19, it gives me the opportunity to get to those things that have collected dust.

Late last year, my mother gave me a box of photos, my school year books, dad’s death certificate, and a bunch of random things like my karate medals. If you don’t know my mom, she’s somewhat a hoarder. Her home is uber clean/pristine, you wouldn’t know till you entered her garage. Stacks of boxes, clothes, new things and old…things that i’m sure she has a hard time of donating or throwing away due to ‘i might be able to use them’.

With time on my hands, i decided to pull that box open with the goal of digital scanning some pictures, sorting through things that could be discarded, and really passing some time.

Our last visit to my mom’s place, she asked me to send her a copy of a wedding picture that was in the box (pictured above). I found my grandmother’s passport indicating when they (my dad, grandmother, uncle) entered the country from Kagoshima, Japan and also a picture of my grandmother on my mom’s side that passed away when i was 2 or 3 years old (I really can’t remember her).

So much family history and memories in just that box and maybe my mom’s ‘i might be able to use them’…there’s more in her garage.

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