when i was growing up, my mom had an old printer’s drawer hanging on the wall in our living room. the compartments were filled with little trinkets and momentos from my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond. i remember that every-so-often my mom would let me and my sister pull a few things off the drawer. we would sit at the front of the fireplace and play with our favorites (usually with a bit of make believe). my go-to was always a tiny metal toy gun that was my father’s (which luckily did not impact my feelings on real guns) and my sister’s was a mini corked glass jar filled with ph test strips.
to this day, that printer’s drawer remains to be one of my most cherished memories of childhood and in recent years i’ve been thinking about that drawer quite a bit. each item in it had a story and it connected me to those stories and the people with whom each item came from. at nearly 33, naturally life is a lot different than it was when i was the child that admired each of those little things – my parents divorced when i was in my 20s, my grandparents have all passed away, and i live 10,000 miles from that house i grew up in. holding on to these types of small memories (like the printer’s drawer) reminds me of all the amazing times i had growing up and how truly lucky i am to be connected to a group of such wonderful people.
sometime last year i mentioned to my mom that i wanted to get a printer’s drawer of my own and curate a meaningful collection of items from years past. to help start this, i have a few small things that i’ve held onto over the years – items that i hope someday will make it into the hands of my family’s younger generations. then even better… last month when i was home, my mom surprised me with a contribution to the drawer + a box full of those very items that once hung on the wall when i was a child. i was elated.
this past weekend i stopped in my favorite shop (rock n rustic) here in adelaide. the owners had recently spent a month in the u.s. sourcing antiques and “picking” as the pros call it. just last month they unpacked their shipment which contained several printer’s drawers. during my visit, i inspected all the drawers to find one with the perfect compartment sizes. after about 15 minutes, i found exactly what i was looking for. yesterday i attached a chain to the back, mounted it to the wall, and started filling it with all my mementos. i couldn’t be happier with it. i look forward to adding (+ sharing) more memories as the years go by.