That quote was brought home to me quite early this morning when the following was delivered to our home.....
We were expecting two boxes, at the most, we got fifteen! This started six months ago when by brother-in-law was placed in a nursing home with a fairly advanced case of Alzheimer's disease. When we were contacted about this, the only things we asked for from his home were family photos and my mother-in-law's Bible. My mother-in-law lived with them for three months before she passed away. We knew that she had all her family photos with her and those were really what we wanted.
As you can see, we got much more than we expected! They had no idea what belonged to us so they gave us everything they found in the house that had some kind of family connection. It is going to be a long process of sorting through everything but it will definitely be an interesting one!
So far we have found portraits of my husband's paternal great-grandparents. We also found my mother-in-law's high school diploma from 1926 and my father-in-law's high school and college diplomas.
It is so much fun to look at all this family history! I am enjoying the treasure hunt!