Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂

15 responses to “Faded Memories

  1. How wonderful that she kept them so beautifully! I press leaves I like in books, but I’ve never tried flowers. I do remember the corsages from high school dances though…do they still do that? Neither of my daughters ever went to a dance in high school, not even the prom. (K)

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    • Hi Kerfe, I think they still give corsages in HS – not sure about college though. I didn’t go to any HS dances but I did attend quite a few college ones. Sweet memories. I have pressed flowers into books and leaves. They are always fun to discover again. 🌹

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  2. What a sweet sentiment.

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    • Yes, I find I must keep them at least for a little while. I wish my mom would have shared her memories with me more when she was alive but she died much too young at age 70 from heart problems. ❤️

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  3. how sweet and special!! I do have a few flowers pressed in my yearbook too LOL – but how sweet of you to discover these!!! ❤

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    • It was an unexpected surprise. 😃 I have pressed flowers my hubby has given me for special ocassions through the years. Always a nice surprise when I discover one! ❤️ How special that you kept some tucked away in your yearbook. 🌹

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  4. Good morning Jill. It’s wonderful that you have these scrapbook memories of your mom’s. I cherish my grandmother’s high school scrapbok from 1917. It is filled with lots of momentos, including dance cards. She always had a list of fellas, listed on her cards. 🙂

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    • Hi Sharon! Yes, I inherited all my families albums. Seems we have the space and I am the most sentimental. ❤️ How special for you to have your grandmother’s scrapbook from so long ago. Sounds like your grandma was a special lady. 🌹 And a good dancer! 🌟

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  5. omg, that is incredible, have you stopped crying yet??

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  6. That’s awesome! From reading the dates she has written by each one, it looks like both of our moms were in school at about the same time! 😀

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  7. I don’t think she did, however I showed her your post and she did say she graduated from high school in 1951. 😀

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