A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Casual Fridays: Eliza-Jane's Picture in a Frame

Hi guys, it's Britt. 
I was rummaging through the racks at Value Village, which I sooo like to do, when I discovered this framed print:

It's Pic Island, by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven. And while it is a lovely image, what I found most interesting was the inscription written on the back of the frame:

The note reads: 

Dear Christopher
Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday. I really love this picture. It means a lot to me, so the fact that I haven't given it to you yet is obviously a hint regarding how I really feel about you and parting with this meaningful picture. But don't worry. I'll start a fight just as I'm "about to" give it to you.
Love, Eliza-Jane 

I puzzled over this for a day or two. Eliza-Jane seemed downright cheeky in this inscription. How did she feel about Christopher? When she gave him her precious print, what happened next?

And then, the million-dollar question: 

How did Eliza-Jane's gift end up in the frame section of Value Village, twelve years after the note was written? 

I think we can probably guess. 

This led me to think about all of the little objects, the "artifacts" of a lost relationship. I've still got a box of Christmas decorations from my years with an old boyfriend. Inside, are ornaments we picked out together, and some we were given as gifts. I don't use these things any more--I don't decorate with them at Christmas time or anything--but I haven't been able to bring myself to throw them away.

The love letters, old pictures, giant stuffed panda bears. What to do with it all?

What do you think? What do you do with sentimental objects that no longer have a place in your life? I'd love to know. 

Have an inspired weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday with a new story. 


  1. I would think you need to put them all together in a 'memory' box, and it will become a place to go when you feel like going 'there'. Some objects more than others should be kept, but put away in a hidden special place.

  2. Yard sales are helpful, especially when your sister sells your prized things with out your knowledge...

  3. I take pictures of things that have meaning to me, but that I do not have room for anymore and then send the items off to goodwill to find a new home! That way I keep a memory of them that is easier to store. :)