1. Victoria
    May 3, 2016 @ 6:42 PM

    I love that term “Keeper of the Button Box.” Just this morning I was talking with a colleague about how the new generation of bosses in our organization really don’t know our history. There are very few of us left on staff that do have a sense of continuity, knowing how the ‘now’ ties into the ‘past.’

    I also think that’s what Jesus was talking about in His discourse on the Householder bringing out both old and new treasures: the ‘now’ has more meaning when it is interpreted in light of it’s history. There is an often heard phrase in Georgia, “…that’s how OLD money does it.” It’s generally used in regard to household management: “OLD money doesn’t rush out to purchase the latest and greatest; old money mends, repairs, and makes things last as long as they will.” Versus “NEW money is showy, flashy, and stands out in the crowd.”

    The common thought is that new money lacks foundation and substance; it is flighty and as quick to desert as it was to arrive. Whereas old money is rooted in doing things the right way and preserving a heritage for new generations to build on.

    New treasure–all on its own–may be beautiful and bright. But the Householder presents it alongside the old treasure. Thus the old is the foundation of the new, while the new is a natural outgrowth of the old.

    I too, have been the Keeper of the Button Box for the Walters family. Gratefully, two of Royal Lee’s granddaughters have demonstrated interest in hearing and learning from their history. For a couple of years, now, I’ve been transferring buttons to them to preserve for their children and their children’s children. They may not be ‘blood’, but they have chosen me as the matriarch of their family. I am honored.

    • avincent
      May 4, 2016 @ 12:10 AM

      Thank you for sharing another example of Jesus’ meaning. I love seeing Jesus’ stories and how they are still relevant today. I know the bible is timeless but seeing how the stories of then still play out today brings them home more concretely.

      Your comment about the old being used to give meaning to the new by being interpreted in light of history brings a quote to mind. Those who do not remember the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. By looking at the old treasures, which are often forged through great adversity, one will remember those times of struggle, will carry the lessons learned into the challenges of today while forging new treasures. Without those lessons we will complete stay stuck on step one and never advance beyond the rudimentary beginnings.

      I am so glad you have found someone to pass your “button box” on to. I think my daughter will be the one to receive mine. Mine will mostly be in written diary form and pictures. I have SO MANY of both of those!

      The last time my grandsons Damion and Jared were here I wanted to bring out the old pictures and go through them with them. I also wanted to share the stories contained in my cedar chest with them but didn’t. I thought they wouldn’t be interested, even though when I suggested it the first night Damion said he would like to do that. I WILL do it next time they spend the night here. They need to hear our family’s history as much as I need to share it. I will somehow weave a bible message in there for them to ponder too.

  2. Victoria
    May 4, 2016 @ 1:55 PM

    Sigh…I can envision you doing that and it warms my heart.