One of my greatest joys as a parent was watching my kids play with their favorite doll or stuffed animal. Nothing is cuter than seeing your child try to feed, put to sleep, rock and love a special toy. My son had a stuffed lion cub from the movie The Lion King, that he took everywhere from the age of 1 until 4. We called him “baby” and he was Joshua’s constant companion. One time we left baby behind in a restaurant, which resulted in a complete meltdown until we drove back in a raging snowstorm to bring him home. As Joshua grew he slept with baby, until one day I noticed baby was no longer under the covers. My little boy was growing up and I found baby carefully tucked away in a drawer. I knew that the time had come for me to put his childhood companion in a safe place for the day when my son becomes a Dad. I brought an archive quality memorabilia box, added a label on the outside and carefully placed baby and other cherished childhood toys in the box. I smiled as I stored this box of treasures in my closet, secure in the knowledge that ‘baby’ would be safe until the day came when I would reunite him with ‘adult’ Joshua.
Does your child have a favorite comfort toy, doll, stuffed animal, or matchbox car? Once you see them gathering dust, forgotten for now, take the time to gather those items and place them in a safe place. The years pass quickly and someday you’ll open the box and take a trip down memory lane with your grown child.
These tangible pieces of our families’ stories are so important and that’s why APPO has partnered with Archival Methods. They offer great solutions for memorabilia storage and so much more. Do you have family collectibles that need to be safely tucked away?
Cathi Nelson Bio: Pioneer of the Photo-Life Management Industry, Cathi Nelson is the founder of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, an association that trains individuals who specialize in helping consumers and businesses rescue their irreplaceable film and digital photos, organizing them in a way that makes it simple to share their memories, lives and traditions. Since its inception, APPO has grown to include hundreds of members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.