Short Stories 55 — Gathering Memorabilia

Today my wife has gone into a cleaning mode. And I have been assigned to clean the attic. I am done with breakfast and my duty begins. I took all my weapons from my wife and went into the dusty land called the attic. This is the place where things come to die. Once an object is stored here, it will stay untouched here for a few decades for sure.

I first checked out the battlefield. I had a long day ahead of me. I started with the random boxes on the ground. I ordered them in a corner and started sweeping the floor. Once done I started with the boxes. On one of the boxes, it was written old office stuff. I opened it out of curiosity. It was filled with all the office stuff I had gathered from the past 25 years. This big box had smaller multiple boxes in it.

I opened the topmost one. It had all the i-cards of the company I had worked for. Quickly a dam full of memories broke and I was overwhelmed. After looking at these valued collections I realized how much time has passed. And so far I have come from where I was. I couldn’t believe it. Looking at these old photos of myself. These were probably the best days of my life. I mean I am happy with the marriage and my kids. But these were the days where I had complete freedom.

These are the days where I laid the strong foundation for today's life. So many sleepless nights and it is acknowledged by this trophy that says, ‘Employee of the Month’. There are so many people in these photos that I had completely forgotten. So many i-cards from the various organizations over the past 25 years. These were some of the most amazing and challenging times of my life.

So many boxes are full of many memories. Another box beside this was of our children. It was full of toys, boxes of clothes, and other random stuff. This had made my day. I am happy that I found these. These things had overwhelmed me to a point where I had tears in my eyes. I usually don’t cry but this is too close to my heart. It basically says that I got to live my life. And I am almost at the end of my road. It was a beautiful journey nonetheless. If I die tomorrow, it is fine. After all, I got to live this life. Experience the beauty of life itself.

I wanted to keep these memorabilia close to me. And I brought all the boxes down. My wife is surely not happy about it. But I wanted to make a place where I can see these things. We had an empty shelf and so I decided to place these on it. My wife helped me with it as I am very bad at organizing. I am very happy with the fact that I good to see these because she forced me to clean the attic. After we were done she looked at me and said, go back do your duty.

Not a pro write — trying to figure out writing and being articulate — just a side gig — not expecting much from it except learning—Hope you enjoy your stay.