Many people consider family heirlooms to be the most important of their personal belongings because of the memories they hold. As we discover in this touching story, family heirlooms might not mean anything to anyone else, but they are priceless to you. -The Story Guru
The Handkerchief Box
Contributed by: Susan Roberts
I have a small wooden handkerchief box that belonged to my great grandmother. The box is full of handkerchiefs that had been embroidered by my great grandmother and both of my grandmothers.
My mom kept a few of each of them in this box before she gave it to me. (I was the oldest great granddaughter and granddaughter on both sides of the family.) My grandmother didn’t die until I was 16 so I was lucky enough to know her as I was growing up. I remember this box sitting on her dresser holding the handkerchiefs that she embroidered as a young girl. Our home was robbed last year and even though they didn’t take much, I was so upset that they took this box off my dresser.
I didn’t care about the TV that they took, but losing this box from my great grandmother was so sad! Two days later, there was a knock on my back door and a farmer from a nearby community was at my door. He held my grandmother’s handkerchief box with the handkerchiefs still neatly folded inside. Evidently the thieves had decided that it was worthless and tossed it out into his field! He found it and returned it to me! It may have been worthless to them but it was worth everything to me! Even though we had been having a lot of rain before this, the night that these items lay in the field there was no rain and neither the handkerchiefs nor the box got muddy or soiled. The one question that I am always asked when I tell this story is “How did the people who found these items know where to return them?” Turns out that Amazon had delivered a book to my back door the day we got robbed and the people who robbed us also took it too and threw it in the field with the other items that they decided had no value! So thanks to Amazon, the people who found the handkerchief box had an address!
Thank the Lord for kind souls and Amazon boxes! -The Story Guru
(Edited by Story Guru editor, Ashlee Symank)