The most precious things we have, which, sadly, also can be the most awful, are our memories. I guess that’s why we do everything we can to save the ones we cherish, any way we can. We snap photos, shoot videos, author diaries and talk about old times. When we don’t have any of these, we just remember.
I saw a fascinating object yesterday on the Antiques Road Show: A large pedestal that had been covered with pieces of memorabilia from a woman’s life, including a gold bracelet, a tiny carved Bible, coins, prizes from state fairs, and even two teeth. The woman who created the Folk Art Memory Tower might have been a potter, the appraiser thought, because she had also attached to it little stands that potters used to bake their work. The tower was made in the late nineteenth center and was worth $4,000 to $6,000 dollars, even though the woman whose life it represented wasn’t famous.