As a senior in high school she knew what she wanted in her future...to be a wife. When graduation came around, parents, family and friends were inquiring what she wanted for graduation. Although she was already enrolled in one of the largest Universities in the country, her eyes were more focused on becoming a wife. She anticipated the day she would be engaged and began to prepare for the fulfillment of her dream.
Instead of the usual accessories asked for by a college co-ed, she asked for a "hope chest". Family and friends were more than thrilled to start the collection of household items, even if a proposal had not occurred. Her Dad was delighted to buy a well-crafted, "piece-of-wood" for his daughter. Her style at the time was contemporary, having no clue what her decor would be when she finally had a home. The "hope chest" was bought, walnut with straight contemporary lines and lined in cedar. Each celebrated occasion the "hope chest" was added to. Everyday dishes, stainless steel flatware, linens, a wooden rolling pin and a bunny rabbit cookie jar. Each item added to the chest brought anticipation of the fulfillment of the dream.
|Yes, it has survived all six children, and yes, five boys and a hubby! No scares!|
Her "hope chest" still sits at the end of her marriage bed, continuing to be filled with memories from her union... baby books, baby clothes, children's awards, pictures, shoes, and cards collected through the years. In other parts of the world, it has the name "glory box"... an appropriate name for a box of life's treasures.
This year, I am going to find my own daughter a "hope chest", one that she can start collecting her dreams in. I am sure her style will be very different from mine. Hers will come for her 20th birthday and I am sure she will fill it with different items. My prayer is that her "hope chest" will one day be filled with dreams that have gone beyond everything she could have "hoped" for.
My "hope chest" still has room to hold memories from my grandchildren one day....maybe it will be passed down and enjoyed in the future by a granddaughter or great-granddaughter. Maybe I will be able to place the first item in her "hope chest". Maybe they will see it as their "glory box."
Do you have a "hope chest"? I know Kim at Field of My Dreams has a hope chest...maybe she will share her memories also. Whether we have a "hope chest" or not, I am sure we can all tell about how our dreams have been fulfilled beyond our imagination. Spring just seems to pull me back into dreams and the magical days of youth...how about you?