This month, we took a giant leap forward in transforming 3675 into our dream home – what we refer to as the “Museum of Us” (not to mention, we moved forward with scheduling our new roof, removing two trees, and getting half our fence replaced).
After all, the Museum of Us is a container for, first and foremost, US.
It also holds the things most precious to us. We therefore want it to look like us; evoke our individual and shared pasts, places we’ve been together. The colors of the Museum’s walls should feel like us and the furnishings should be as unpretentious as we strive to be. Many things already in the Museum are made by hand; they reflect our appreciation for hard work. Every month we make or acquire another perfect piece for the Museum.
The walls of the Museum are where we plan to display our provenance. And this past month, thanks to a moving visit with Trent’s grandparents (Burgess and Dorothy), we’ve gathered the archival material to take Project Provenance to the next level.
Here are a few fabulous finds from the Eastwood Family Archives. They’ll join items from the Spada and Wisniewski Family Archives on our walls in a number of creative displays I’ve dreamed up. Some on a rotating basis – check back for the exhibition calendar soon!
And yeah, a few will probably be craftily used in future Flashbacks to embarrass Trent – not gonna lie (I’m holding those back for now, though)…
In case you haven’t made the connection, putting the Museum together not only makes us happy and teaches us to appreciate all we have and how we got here, it makes our grandparents happy, too. It gives us an excuse to sit and look through old photo albums with them for hours, and listen to all the memories they conjure up.
Time well spent.
As is all time spent on the Museum of Us. It’s evolving slowly, as we continue to do every day. It will never be done, but it will always be a just-right picture of who we are that day we live in it.