Written by Marykate Wurster, mom of 3, from Riverside, Connecticut
It started with the baby clothes, the smocked dresses and shortalls. The tartan plaids from Christmas followed and then jumpers and rompers. The pink infant clothes small enough to fit the baby dolls my daughters used to play with, now forgotten in a corner of the playroom. Dresses with dainty flowers embroidered on the front or others with monograms like initials carved in a tree.
And then I moved onto the Dora doll. The doll I once cursed for peeking out from a chubby arm in every (yes every) family photograph, who accompanied us on vacation, was tucked in at bedtime, and even snuck in a bag on the first day of preschool. The colors are faded, her outfit long discarded and lost, her hair matted and yet loved as only a child can love such a priceless item. This Dora is carefully folded away with heirloom dresses and silver rattles.
I have saved books with notes I wrote on the front page about what child loved it and why. There are arts and craft projects and handmade notes, mother day gifts and poems. I tell myself I am saving the clothes for them, for their own children to wear one day or so they can read these books to their kin. And perhaps they will.
But I know with every article of clothing, every masterpiece, there is a remnant of my child on each one. Like a sleuth looking for clues someday I will peruse these projects and like fingerprints rising from the paper, find my children. I will open a book and see a four year old boy snuggled in bed next to his mother reading Puff the Magic Dragon. Or lift a corduroy romper and watch a baby crawl for the first time.
What lingers, what remains and what I have collected like a museum collects art or an archeologist collects artifacts are memories, marked and tagged. Memories filed away to be rediscovered, mini time capsules of my children.
Who else saves baby items? Any advice on how to best store the arts and craft pieces? After time the little dears don’t hold up too well.
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