Unexpected Treasures

by Linda Okazaki

Circa 1938


There is nothing quite like an unexpected box of “stuff” to get the genealogist in me excited. Of course, I’m always excited about genealogy, so a box of memorabilia practically  sends me over the edge. Last week, Lilo mailed a package of mom’s ephemera. It included all kinds of pictures, newspaper clippings and even her kindergarten report card. Then, Bill hand delivered a box of unexpected treasures: her high school yearbooks, her passports and her father’s passport, the contents of her wallet, her R.N. certificate, the cake topper from her wedding, curls from her first haircut, and photos, lots and lots of photos.

I knew these photos existed but it had been decades since I’d seen them. The earliest photos among the collection were of the Etheridge family, circa 1906. Later ones included me as a child in the 1960’s. And there were photos from every era in-between. What a great way to honor the birthday of a woman who did so much for so many others. Happy Birthday Mom. And Happy Birthday Uncle Roger, too.