The third part of the series on little things.
Is the cash in your wallet your treasure? If you own a pair of designer sunglasses, would you describe them as “treasure?” If you wear expensive makeup, is owning it or wearing it your treasure? If you have an iPad or any other piece of latest, greatest digital technology, is it your treasure?
I’ve yet to meet someone who would say “yes” to any of those things. I hope no one ever would. It would be very shallow to think that something could be a treasure just because it is expensive or shiny or labeled.
People, talents, and moments can be treasures — big treasures. But what about little treasures? What about the treasures that you save in a box or a drawer and look at just every so often?
Treasures have meaning. Even if it is not a one-of-a-kind object, a treasure has a unique meaning to its owner. They remind you of something or someone beautiful. A treasure is that first or last gift from someone who loves –or loved — you. It’s that letter or note the gave you a glimmer of hope. It’s a photograph that says more to you than to anyone else.
I have a treasure box. Some of the things inside include an envelope containing two tickets to Les Miserables in Philadelphia on March 18, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. There’s a little white teddy bear made out of soap and a decade-old picture of four girls on a farm. There’s a gold one-dollar coin with “In God We Trust” written on the outer edge. It was a gift. All of those things have a meaning that has stretched out over years.
They’re just a few of my treasures.
There are many, many things to celebrate besides Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter and your birthday. (Though I love all of those things, especially Christmas.)
It’s worth celebrating when you get a high score on a difficult exam. Or when your favorite song comes on the radio. Or when the opening night of a really stellar movie finally arrives, when you cook something spectacular and it comes out perfectly, when you receive a long-awaited letter. When someone you love comes into town for a visit. When you finish an essay. When the work week is over. When your brother’s team wins the game. When the shoe fits. When the picture is in focus.
Life is too short not to celebrate every chance you get.