Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Bills in the Whitman's Box

Yesterday I ate the last chocolate. Holding the Whitman's Box made me almost nostalgic. I didn't want to throw it away. It was a gift from my 18 year old son, Matthew. The memory was precious. I decided to keep it. It would be used to hold my bills and create a lasting legacy.

Along with my bills, it will hold my checkbook, a pen, and a calculator. Every Friday morning, I will get the box from off the shelf and sit at the table. I will do the bills and enjoy the process. I will remember the gift from my dear son.

The box will also hold a little pocket Bible. It will be a comfort. It will be a reminder to "do all things to the glory of God."

On the bottom of the box, I will write an inscription - "A gift from Matthew. Mother's Day, May 2011."

Each moment of my life creates a memory.  I will make the daily tasks in life more meaningful with a smile, a nod and a remembrance. 

Someday, when the Lord has called me home to heaven, life will go on in my family. They will take on my tasks and continue my work. One of the older children will say, "We will do what Mother has always done." Then they will get the Whitman's box. They will sit at the dining room table on Friday morning, and they will open that box. They will pay the bills. They will see my handwritten budget. They will touch the small Bible. And they will continue on the tradition and legacy of their Mother.

Mrs. White

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TeenaBugg38 said...

what a wonderful post :) I also keep everything my children give me......and I am a scrapbooker. What I can't fit into the pages goes into one many of the gift boxes from over ther years.....it makes me smile and maybe one day when I'm gone it will do the same for them.

Have q blewssed day!

Katy said...

I just love it! :) What a fantastic idea! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, they will do as you have done and it will all be so precious to them!

Jennifer Hoots said...

Very sweet post, Mrs. White. Thank you.

Dolores said...

Great post Mrs White. I live in Philadelphia where Whitman's chocolates were manufactured for years. These boxes remind me of so many things from my childhood. (dolores_lynn@yahoo.com)

Unknown said...

This is just beautiful. I am pretty sure I will never look at a Whitman's box the same now. I love your writing. Very touching.

Thank you so much for linking up to Strictly Homeamde. I hope to see you back next week,

LocalFunForKids said...

That is just too sweet : ) Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Your lovely post reminds me of "Mamma's Bank Account" the book by Kathryn Forbes and the movie made after the book "I Remember Mamma"! Hoping my children remember to do the same! I pay my bills monthly on the 25th though. Once and done. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful in what we are doing daily.