Friday, January 7, 2011

Treasure Lost ~ Treasure Found

Okay, I’m not sure if that title is really the right one for this, but it was all I could think of.  I mean, you can’t lose something you didn’t have and you can’t find something you didn’t lose.  Yet in the end, it all works out and really might make sense.

This is the story of an item I found while “de-cluttering” my house.  I’m not sure where to begin this story though, so we'll see if the beginning works:  MY beginning so to speak. 

I was born in a small town in the state of New York.  At that time, my Dad had a sister in CA and she wanted him to come help her run a fast food joint in Pico Rivera.  I don’t know when negotiations actually began, but in 1963 my Dad went to California to work out the details with her.  She was living in Norwalk at that time (a part of Los Angeles County).  He returned and before we knew it we were moving:  station wagon all loaded, packed as high as could be with 3 kids in the back seat.  And back then, seat belts were NOT required. And the 2500 mile cross country trip began.

Since living in California, my parents have lived in 5 different places, the last one being in Santa Fe Springs.  So let’s do some quick math before I continue:  2500 miles, 5 homes and 46 years later.  This brings me to my “find”.

During his visit, my Dad had sent me a post card, from CA to NY.  The details written are not important.  But what I found very interesting and very mind boggling was this:  he was staying in Norwalk, the restaurant was in Pico Rivera and he mailed a post card to his daughter that had a picture on it of a park in Santa Fe Springs where that daughter (me) currently lives.  And I find this post card 47 years after it was mailed (and it came cross country with us) while “de-cluttering” my house.  Thank you Mom, for not throwing everything away!

Needless to say, I am hanging on to that one!  And here are some photos of that card.

Upper corner about the park in SFS

Postmarked Dec. 1963
Can you believe only 8 cents?

The park in Santa Fe Springs

Just goes to show, you never know what you might find in your own home.  Even a lost treasure you never knew you had!

Duuude  aka Julie  : )


goodgosh said...

Wow. I love these stories that revolve around one little item that means so much!
Fast food joint, eh?
And I want to know what it says where you covered it up. :)
Nicely done dude!

Peppercorns said...

Great find Duuude. I'm so glad you found it and I know it means a lot to you. These little treasures are wonderful. :0)

VintageEmbellishment said...

I love found treasures, especially when they bring back precious memories...often those memories give us strength for what lies ahead!

Runs With Scissors said...

Wow, Julie! I got to learn more about you, thanks for sharing!

Linnet said...

Julie ~ great story telling ~ and who knew that a postcard could be so prophetic!

isn't it amazing how those simple little things from our childhood can mean so much to us now that we are older? glad you found that little treasure!

a/k/a vintagenowandthen

auntsuesoldnewlovely said...

Very cool find Julie! Great when those things show themselves again!

Doodle said...

Thanks everyone! Yes, this is a very treasured postcard now.