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Trunks of Treasure

I just discovered this Forum today and think it's great and started wondering what did I have to share that might interest the readers on this site and in this forum?

Each and every one of us visit this site because we are searching for loved ones. Many of them we will never know because when they lived and died we had yet to draw our first breaths. Many of them are still living and we are simply trying to find out way back to them and they us. Often items, material things and some not tangible things are left for us by these ancecestors as bread crumbs for us to find them.

These items are momentos and we treasure them and often they are left for our children and so forth. About three years ago I was going through some items left to me by my Great Grandma Sadie, Grandma Louise and Great Great Aunt Baby. It was a really emotional morning and as I sat in the middle of the floor wearing my Grandmothers old Pink moo-moo I held these things that they had touched in life I began to cry but, they were happy tears because I had these "things" to remember them by.

I wrote this poem a while after with that morning in mind and had no idea that soon after it would be one of the first bread crumbs that I would leave myself as I began the journey in search of my Family Tree in October of 2005. I don't have any children but, do have 3 Nieces. My "things" = my trunk of treasures will surely go to them after I'm gone:

MY TRUNK OF TREASURES
By: Felecia Montgomery, 10/28/01

"They'll be treasures
treasures for you
in my trunk
in my trunk

Thangs 'll tell you who I was
and who you are
who you are
mmm-mmm, mmm-mmm, mm-mmm

My mother was a tree
a strong tree
tall and straight
straight and tall

My grandmother was a flame
a roaring fire
burning bright
on two feet

My great grandmother
was the grace
and sweet serenity
of our clan
yes, they'll be treasures for you
in my trunk, in my trunks

My great, great grandmother
was a queen
a noble queen
yes she was, yes she was
the Lord gave her sixteen
to birth and lead along
right after pharoah's time
mmm-mmm, mmm-mmm, mmm-mmm

There's a doll with one eye
in an old blue dress
with one shoe
she's been around
seen a lot
in her time
yes she has, yes she has
my great, great aunt
loved her dear
for many years, many years
there's a bible telling all,
telling all - listen well and
in between them pages
I suspect
they's alot
of pressed flowers
mighty dry, mighty dry
keep 'em always
and cleave them
to your heart
I brung 'em home
from the Jubilees
where I saw them last
I wished them well
at the grave, at the grave,

Now they yours
yours to keep
and pass along in your trunk
in your trunk"

Didn't mean to go on so long but, I had to set the frame of mind and what was in my heart at the time. Thank you


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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