Every mom has a gallery

Every mom has an art gallery or a collection box. The walls of the gallery could be a refrigerator or steel cupboard, or a pin-up cork board. Then again, the collection box could be a humble plastic bag  or a small box, both of which have pride of place in her wardrobe or cupboard.

Every mom carefully preserves her own gallery and collection box. Why? Because they contain works of art and gifts from her children –  cards for her birthday, mom’s day cards, doodles and squiggles, thank you notes or stick figure drawings.  The collection boxes probably contain sea shells, pebbles from the road,  hand-made earrings, a paper rocket, a sweet poem, an old photo and many, many such wonderful things.


These are rare treasures indeed that bring back snapshots of the children’s growing up years, and the crazy passage of time.

Where did that child go, who drew stickman families, where did that girl go who hand-stitched clothes for her dolls, where did that boy go who played with trucks all the time…!

My collection box has pebbles, bracelets, earrings and many cards and drawings. My refrigerator overflows with drawings of animals and ‘mom I love you’ slips.


What about you? What’s in your mom gallery? Would love to know.

The inspiration for this post comes from a comment made by one of my blogging friends (dancingpalmtrees) on one of my blogs. Thank you so much for the inspiration).


25 thoughts on “Every mom has a gallery”

  1. I was just talking about this with Jacqueline of A Cooking Pots and Twisted Tales. I saved all of the homemade greeting cards I received over the years from the children. As they got older, I asked them to never get me a Hallmark card. They obliged. And I pull out the cards at times for a great family laugh. They are treasures. ❤️

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  2. Oh gosh, I have a giant pile of papers in a cupboard for my daughter and a cardboard box for my son of just about everything they made that was worth keeping. My daughter’s is still growing. My mother still has a plate that I made in school on Mother’s Day.

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  3. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    This will be a busy day. I am in Spokane to defend my research proposal and head home, hopfully to begin research shortly.
    Kathy and I recently lost our mothers. They were much different ladies and their galleries would be so different. My mother would have a rosary, a religious image with prayer, and her prayer book. Kathy’s mom would have knickknacks she found on the farm, berry picking, or while camping. Her gallery might include small stones, pine and spruce cones, and shells.

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    1. Thank you so very much. I am so touched. Losing a parent, especially your mom is very difficult. Thank you for sharing the galleries of both moms. Each is unique and beautiful. Good luck with your research. Stay blessed.

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  4. I do have a big icecream can where I keep not only cards, notes, etc. from my son but also other old friends, some who have left my life. When my Mom died, it was sweet to find her drawer where she kept photos and letters and cards I had sent her and my son had sent her.

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