Several years ago I became the proud owner of three blue medicinal jars.
Two were named, ‘Dr. King’s New Discovery For Coughs and Colds’ from Chicago, Illinois.
The other jar was labeled, ‘Dr. D Jayne’s Alternative’ Philadelphia.
My husband found the blue medicinal jars in the attic of a 1900 home we had bought when our third child, a daughter, was born in 1980.
The home had been owned by an elderly couple who had made a decision to go into a Senior facility.
Instead of bothering with an auction, they wondered if we would like the contents of their home after their children had collected whatever they had wanted.
Oh my goodness, it was like Christmas twenty times over!
Everyday was like a opening a treasure chest….
The dear couple had literally packed a few of their personal belongings and left the rest for us, right down to the flour in the canisters!
I hate to admit it, but in my young naivety, I had gotten rid of a lot of antique items that just didn’t seem of value to me at that time.
For an example: The shed was full of old antique oscillating fans, old hand garden tools and watering cans.
The kitchen had what was probably one of the first electric mixers. It even had an attachment for grinding and making sausages.
But back then it just seemed like old junk. I thought that I needed to get rid of it to make space for the new!
There are times I wish I hadn’t been so foolish to have given away such good stuff, but in the end it is just that; Stuff.
I am grateful for the few items that I did choose to keep; like these three simple blue medicine jars.
Not because they are antiques.
No, it is because when I look at the jars the sweet memories flood back to me of all the wonderful years I spent in that old house with my husband raising our four young children.
Those days of slamming doors, baking cookies, neighbor kids running in and out….
Those days, my friend, where the days when I know I was drinking of the best elixir life had to give!