A Story in a Box: The Wedding Dress

I found this box in things from my mother’s house. A friend of hers–an antique dealer–saw it at auction and figured that it was up my mom’s alley. She was right.

The story is self-explanatory. And lovely.

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  1. An amazing story! Funny how in our world today it seems few consider a wedding dress to be so dear to them – I certainly treasure mine and have kept it in addition to the shirt my husband wore and the shirt our daughter wore. While she made the dresses for the girls she notes that it was extremely dear to her.

  2. Helen: That is probably the most profound, rich comment that I’ve read online anywhere in a long time. Thank you for that.

    Tisha: The loving way in which she boxed the scraps up makes my heart ache with love and joy.

  3. This is interesting to me because, 1. I love anything vintage and stories from women who lived before us. How similar their thoughts and feelings were to our own! 2. Just this morning in Ladie’s Bible Class we learned more about ancient Hebrew wedding traditions and how they may be similar to what we as believers in Christ will experience on the wedding day with Christ. The symbolism between a wedding, bride, and bridegroom can all be hard to understand, yet simple at the same time. God loves us and longs to be with us forever, and He offers us that union with Him through Christ. “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will (my) God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5

  4. Interesting that you bring up the faith angle because I was struck by her confidence that someone, someday would want to know this story–and so she preserved it as best as she could. And now I have the honor and privilege of making sure that her act of generosity is recognized again, long after she and the girls passed away.

    The box came out of an estate sale in Oklahoma. I have no idea if someone just tossed it or if she just had no remaining kin to take it. It’s safe with me and mine, at least for now.

  5. This is absolutely beautiful! And very timely, since I was about to embark on a “throw all that stuff out” frenzy. Keepsakes like this connect us to history better than any book. I can almost spin a story about this bride.

    I love the rich stories these finds tell of the people before us. I’m so glad your mom found this treasure and that you have, too.

  6. What an lovely, incredibly unselfish woman to generously give what was so dear to her. I can only imagine how her kindness impacted the children. If only we all were so selfless…(that lace is exquisite!)

    Thank you so much for sharing her story.

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