Last night, I finally got around to tackling a project that I started a while ago: creating file boxes for each child to keep their school papers and personal ID certificates safe and organized. My friend Cammie makes these as gifts for people when they have babies.
I needed 24 hanging file folders for each child, so I sent Steve downstairs to find the hanging file folders that my Mom had given me when she cleaned out my Grandmother's files last year.
Since they had already been used, I would have to replace her file labels with the new ones for each child. When I picked up the stack, I was immediately impressed by the labels that my Grandmother used, because they indicated what she cared about, what she spent her time learning, what was important to her.
I wasn't a bit surprised to see labels such as "RS - Homemaking, Personal Preparedness, Temple Info, School of the Prophets, Emma & Joseph Smith, Consecration, Amherst, Nauvoo, Kirtland, Rocky Mountain West, The Restoration."
My mother had already cleaned out the contents of the file folders, so they were mostly empty. But under the label "Jewish Holidays" I found a sticky note in my Grandma's handwriting that said, "See Sacrament in Ordinances for Paschal Supper."
I thought about file folders today. Keeping papers on file is a pretty foreign concept to us these days. But we do "Pin" things in online file folders. And I wondered...What things do we pin or file in a digital format and what will our online file folders reveal about us someday, about what we spent our time on, about what we cared about?
I have yet to stumble on a pinboard that even remotely resembles the faithfulness and diligent gospel study that was the keystone of my Grandmother's life. I am thankful, once again, for my Grandma's example...and I hope to live up to the legacy that she has left for me.