The Family’s Real Jewelry Box
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Johnny’s mom had a jewelry box. It sat by the sink in his parents’ bathroom, next to where That box was filled with earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, accumulated over the years through Valentine’s Days, birthdays, and Christmas. No doubt each one had a story behind it, some more meaningful than others. But those same earrings that mom wore to work would occasionally get toothpaste splashed on them. The bracelets that mom wore to church would sometimes be found under the living room couch, the result of a Saturday afternoon of the kids playing ‘grown-up.’ Why didn’t mom just hide her jewelry box? The jewelry was valuable, but not valuable enough to protect from the everyday chaos of life.Johnny and his sisters brushed their teeth for many years.
Years later, Johnny found out that his mom had another jewelry box. A secret one, hidden away in the closet above dad’s ties. High enough that water wouldn’t splash on its contents. Hidden enough that little hands wouldn’t have a chance to play with what was inside. This box held more valuable things. The special anniversary earrings that cost more than they usually would have spent. The ring that was passed down from mom’s grandmother. This wasn’t just a jewelry box. It was the one dad would’ve grabbed if the house were on fire. This was the jewelry box for the family’s real valuables. And it was kept in a special place.