Sophie Weiss Spiegel
|My great-grandmother’s slippers|
As I am a bit crunched for time this week, I thought I would post a “quickie” about the importance of mementos in our family history.
I am quite lucky to be from a family of quasi-hoarders. Thanks Mom!! Not everyone recognizes the importance of keeping their grandmother’s slippers. Or the letters from their high school sweater. Or their father’s urologist report from 1938. (Okay, I’m pretty sure my mother had no idea that was in her father’s papers….)
Maybe we shouldn’t be keeping these things. Members of one of my favorite Facebook groups, The Organized Genealogist have suggested photographing these types items and …horrors…..THROWING THE ITEM AWAY! I can’t do it.I don’t know why.
Every so often I go through a box such as the one pictured here. I hold the slippers my great-grandmother Sophie Spiegel wore. (She died in 1949.) I examine the letters patch from my mother’s high school sweater. (Go New Rochelle High!!) I imagine my well-dressed Tante Vally (Valerie Lichtenthal) wearing her fancy gloves. I create a vision of the Viennese kitchen circa 1930 where the maid may have used the fancy silver spoon.
|A collection of family mementos|
All these things allow me to feel more connected to my ancestors. A picture may be worth a 1,000 words. But the actual item is priceless.