Friday, December 14, 2007

Ghosts of Christmas Past (Part 1)

I don’t know why I started in the north corner of the attic when I began cleaning it out in December of 2004, shortly after Helen’s death. Perhaps it seemed the least daunting. There were a set of wooden shelves built into the eaves, and one of the very first things I found there, as I started going through, was a wooden block that had been carved to show the front of the house:



It was in a box with printer’s ink and rollers. I saved the wood block away and thought it was cool. I knew that Helen was a very accomplished artist, and knew it was her work.

Three months later, while STILL working to clear out the attic I found a hand printed Christmas card/booklet. It was tied together with a fancy green, red and gold string. The front looked familiar:



At the bottom of the card is printed:

This is the house our jack built

“Jack” being a slang term for money

This was page two of the card:


This is the Cat that lives in the house our jack built

Page three:


These are the people who care for the Cat who lives in the house our jack built

Page four:


This is the greeting card sent by the people who care for the Cat that lives in the house our jack built “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you”


And in the manner of Bess' and Helen's verse, I humbly add the following:

And this is the story made by the people who lovingly cherish the greeting card sent by the people who care for the Cat that lives in the house their jack built



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3 comments:

StuccoHouse said...

I just adore this post. That block stamp is amazing. I caught myself driving down the street the other day daydreaming about how she went about making it....and if the process could be duplicated :-)

C&C said...

I love the wood block and the Christmas booklet. What a special find! I also love how you have displayed it, that is just very nice. I'm sure the previous owners would feel very honored.

Jason said...

I don't know if you send holiday cards yourself, but it would be great to get some use out of the stamp again!