Trying to sort through Mama's things that our family doesn't have a need for has become something Milton Bradley certainly could use as inspiration for their next board game. Dealing with the 30 or 40 jigsaw puzzles, most of which are still in sealed boxes, is not difficult. And, I feel certain we can find someone who can use the clothes, especially those brand new, still in the unopened original packages.
The fun part starts when you get to the half dozen or so (new) wind up alarm clocks. Was this part of a "White Rabbit" syndrome, "I'm late, I'm late"? I don't think so, given she was always early to everything, but then again perhaps this is why. Or, the several dozen sets of drinking glasses in her kitchen cabinets that still have the price tags on them. Then there are the numerous (more than I care to count) unopened packages of disposable aluminum baking pans and trays she had stashed away, not to mention the dozens of rolls of aluminum foil and boxes of trash bags. Always prepared - to bake, wrap, and trash?
When we opened the coat closet, we discovered nary the coat. However, there were two dozen throw pillows stacked from the floor of the closet all the way up. And, naturally, a few jigsaw puzzles were stashed on the shelf (and a clock or two.)
We have quite the selection on new screwdrivers, light bulbs, cheap batteries (no Duracells), Sharpies, and boxes of un-sharpened No, 2 pencils. Also, she was always prepared for the unexpected downpour with an unending supply of plastic ponchos.
Throughout the house we found unopened "As Seen on TV" treasures such as a "Plant Globe", "Magic Wallet", "Twin Draft Guard", and "Magic Mesh". But, the all time grand prize winner was the "King of Swing", the authentic limited numbered edition "Our Gang" Buckwheat doll produced by the Hamilton Mint. I would not have been surprised to find a Scarlett O'Hara doll by the Franklin Mint (given my mother's infatuation with Margret Mitchell's saga of the Old South) or Lady Diana (to accompany to the boxes containing magazine and newspaper articles covering everything from the Princess's engagement announcement to Prince Charles to her Funeral). But, Buckwheat? O-Tay!