Corners of My House : Corners of My Mind

Corners of My House : Corners of My Mind

by Kristy Niemeyer

Corner : Living Room

The Living Room 

There is a place in my mind I go to broaden my perspective. It is where memories are stored: thoughts of past experiences, stories that have been handed down from previous generations, and knowledge of things learned from the study of others’ written words. Put another way, my personal history encyclopedia. I draw upon these thoughts daily, albeit subconsciously, as I choose to make things happen or respond to circumstances presented to me.

History is beneficial not only in the cultural and political realm, but in one’s personal life as well. History is where one can find free lessons and examples of living to enrich the current day. In today’s picture there is a trunk that made the voyage from Germany along with its owners’ hopes and dreams. Perhaps they were looking for opportunities to live and thrive in a new land; perhaps it was a grand sense of adventure that drove the Niemeyers to pack their things and move to America. Regardless, the move was made and a family lineage was continued on this continent.

Besides adventure and work, love was transported across the sea. The next generation Niemeyer fell in love and presented his bride a writing desk on which he scribbled on its backside: “To Emma From George.” Inside the secretary there are small prayer books and Bibles, knit booties, pictures and notes; all treasures from our ancestors. Faith and family were important factors in these earlier lives.

The corner in this picture is in our living room. This is very fitting. These pieces of history, which have added momentum to the way we live out our love and adventure, quietly stand in a space called the ‘living’ room and remind us our lives are a part of something larger. How we choose to live in the living room of life is influenced by those who have lived before us and will be a part of those who follow after us, hopefully living lives filled with love and adventure.

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