Sunday, September 13, 2009

time capsule

He had a fun activity at the church the other day. Ten years ago, our ward buried a time capsule. An information plaque has been on the wall of the bishop's office all these years and the time had come to dig it up and open it.
Word spread far and wide, old friends gathered and the plaque was taken down from the wall with the digging directions and measurements listed on the back. Here's what has happened in the past 10 years - the stake boundaries were realigned and the Madison ward itself was dissolved. Luckily the new ward boundaries kept many of us together, but moved us to another building to meet. (Strike one - no more Madison ward!)
The instructions said,"from the SW door, move to the nearest tree on the south lawn. (The tree had been removed several years ago -- strike two!)
From the tree, measure 10 1/2 feet to the east. The measurement should line up with the expansion line of the sidewalk to the south. (The sidewalks had been torn out and replaced since then -- strike three!)
However, many people had somewhat vague memories of where this capsule had been buried and the digging commenced. Dave was the brave one to dig into the beautifully manicured lawn and as some time went by, many started wondering how large the hole would actually be before finding the capsule.

This picture looks like Dave was digging to the center of the earth:

Success! The capsule came up, it was still sealed tight. (I read about a time capsule that wasn't so successful a couple years ago.)
Our former bishop joined in and opened all the treasures inside. There were letters to and from many ward members, the primary classes had taken pictures and put in notes, there were letters from ward members who had long since moved and some that had passed on. We had to laugh at Roxanne's letter. She was 8 when she wrote this: I'm only posting this because of the embarrassment that will be caused over the "I love Pokemon" comment.

My letter to Dave began "I can't believe I'm married to a 48 year old man!"

Dave had written a letter predicting some events he had hoped for for our family. Among his predictions was the wish that he would own a tractor. (So shall it be written . . . so shall it be done!)

It was a fun evening catching up with old friends. We are thinking we might want to make a time capsule of our own.

7 comments:

Lauri said...

That sounds fun. Do you remember when we planted a time capsule for a Stowell family reunion. I wasn't there for the dig but got my letter sent to me. It was pretty lame too and I was much older than Roxanne.

At the turn of the milenium (I have no idea how to spell that), wour family put together a time capsule. We each wrote something down, I saved a copy of the newspaper for Jan 1, 2000, and the boys thought it would be funny to save a can of SPAM. Unfortunately, I never planted it (maybe that's a good thing since we moved from Corona). So it's sitting in a drawer in my bedroom. I guess this is the year we can unveil our writings.

Cynthia said...

I remember the one at the family reunion. It was buried at the side of Grandma's house, and no one could find it. Apparently at one point, there was a plumber that ran new water lines down the side of the house and moved the capsule out of the way of the water lines. It took hours of digging to find it.

bandanamomtoo said...

I was so impressed that they actually found this! I thought for sure there were going to be MULTIPLE holes dug. I was half-way impressed with my letters to my children. They were pretty good!

Cathy said...

That is so great! I love it, I wish everyone did this! What fun!

amelia said...

"I love Pokemon" - awesome. What a cool activity!

Roxy said...

Mom! I have yet to see this and you post it online!? haha

The weird thing is, I don't even remember liking pokemon. I know I wanted to be cool like Brady and pretend like I knew what I was talking about. But I've never watched an episode in my life! Crazy.

This was a cool thing they did, I wish I could have gone! :(

Roxy said...

And I remember thinking that 18 was SOOO old. Crazy how time flies.
I still feel so young.