Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest: Time Capsule Reflections


A big thanks to DL Hammons for hosting the Deja Vu Blogfest. From DL's blog: On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved.

So here's an excerpt of something I posted back in July earlier this year....


Time Capsule Reflections

In my neighborhood, there is a library that will be having its grand opening later this summer. People have been invited to submit to a time capsule that will be stored away in the library's tower. Among the items requested are family histories and photos. The time capsule will be opened in 50 years.

I contributed to the time capsule on behalf of my family. The family history I wrote was fairly short, less than one page. But this is more than just a family history. It is a love letter from myself to my children, and possible grandchildren, to be unveiled half a century into the future. Although my husband and I tell our children we love them enough, maybe they'd need to hear it again in 50 years.

If I read the "love letter" to my toddler children now, they wouldn't get it. But perhaps 50 years down the road, if my children are around to see the time capsule open, I can only hope my words might offer them some comfort and validation, wherever they might be in their lives at that time. 

What would you put in a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now?

20 comments:

Robin Rivera said...

Hi, I just found your blog from the DeJa Vu Blogfest list. I think your letter was the perfect idea. : )
I hope you enjoy the bloghop and have a great weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think they will be very touched by that.

Laurel Garver said...

What a sweet thing to do for your family. I think I'd be tempted to write about some of the tech we have these days and a bit about our daily routines, because future readers might find it interesting to know how much the world has changed--and stayed the same--over decades. I enjoy that about my grandmother's old letters. Cool window into another time.

Pat Hatt said...

They will sure enjoy that when it opens. Not sure what I'd ever put in one

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

wonderful re-post. Loved reading this. I think your kids will love this. Super sweet. Hmm, if I could put anything in a time capsule, maybe it would be some of my most private scraps of writing, since they say the things about the people I love I can't seem to say out loud :)

DL Hammons said...

What an excellent idea. What would it be like to be a fly on the wall when they read that letter 50 years from now?

Thank you for re-sharing that with us today! :)

Chris Fries said...

You know, in a way, this post was like in a small time capsule that transported it from July to today.

:)

I think it would be very cool to get that letter in 50 years.

Happy Deja Vu!

Tiana Smith said...

I love this idea! Maybe I'll do it on my own :)

S.K. Anthony said...

Aww this is so beautiful. I can't imagine them not loving it 50 years from now . . . I think I'd go with letter and pics for them if I was to do it. Great choice for the hop! ;)

Rebecca Douglass said...

What a wonderful idea! I love it, and immediately started thinking about how to do one for my own children and (who knows, in 50 years?) grandchildren. Glad you chose this one for the DVBF!

Susan Scott said...

This is such a great idea! I'll check whether my library in my suburb in Johannesburg South Africa has such a something and if not I'll suggest it. Hopefully there'll still be libraries storing time capsules ... or a tower to store. Thank you.

LD Masterson said...

Fascinating idea. Perhaps I would write about what life was like when I was a child. The little things that don't make the history books. Given the my childhood was 50+ years ago, it would give the readers 50 years from now a glimpse into a past century.

angelsbark said...

What a great idea, your letter. Because it will be your voice that they hear as they read it. I'm sure they'll be touched beyond compare! I've always liked the idea of a time capsule. I'm one who is quite fond of nostalgia so really anything would be cool 50 years from now.
Happy Deja Vu weekend!
michele at Angels Bark

Tanya Miranda said...

My daughter gave me a time capsule when she was five, as part of a project in kindergarten. It's a small cardboard box with the words "Do Not Open until 2031, 25 years later. To be honest, I had forgotten about it until I read your post. Now she's 13, and completely different than her 5-year-old self. I don't know if I can wait that long!!!

Happy Deja Vu Weekend!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Did you read about the time capsule in Boston that was recently unearthed? It was buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams in 1795 beneath the Massachusetts State House in Boston. A water leak was threatening its safety, and so it has been dug up. Word is the box will be x-rayed before experts decide whether to open it and/or re-bury it.

Empty Nest Insider said...

This is such a wonderful gift for your children, and your future grandchildren! I would also want to write how much I love my family. I would probably also want to include all of the mistakes I've made, so they don't make the same ones. On second thought, I need to send them my list a lot sooner! Happy Holidays, Cynthia!

Julie

Nick Wilford said...

What a lovely thing to do. It's a great way to keep track of things that might get lost otherwise. They'll appreciate it!

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Hi, perfect post for a Deja-Vu bloghop! I have always collected keepsakes, have a suitcase in the loft from my childhood - I think memories are so important. Your choice of a letter to your children will I'm sure touch them when the time comes. I think I would put a memory stick in of what our town looks like now. It's changed so much in the past 50 years that I think it will look nothing like it does now in the next 50 x

John Wiswell said...

What would I put in a time capsule to be unearthed in fifty years? Probably a note reading, "We're putting too many of our hopes on you."

After that? Certainly some photos of the region, so that our future selves can compare how things have actually changed.

Julie Dao said...

What a beautiful contribution to the time capsule, Cynthia! I really like that idea! I would probably do something similar - some piece of writing that connects me to whoever is reading it years later. I'd love to do a writing time capsule of some sort. Maybe write a letter to myself in 25 years or something. This is such an appropriate post for the Deja Vu fest! :)

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