What Do You See?


What do you see when you look at this?  Clutter?  Knick-knacks?  Someone’s collection of something?  Little buildings…what do YOU see?


Some will see some plants, maybe some peacock feathers, some old bottles, some candle sticks…those little houses….what do YOU see?

Well, since I can’t hear your answer, I’m going to tell you what I see…

I see a collection of things that I love.  But, more importantly, I see a few things I’ve overlooked for many years…

Soooo…I recently came across a box of stuff, you know the box…lots of stuff you just chunked in a box, out of sight out of mind….things you didn’t feel comfortable getting rid of, but you just didn’t have the spot for.

And, guess what?  I found those little wooden buildings in the box…I’d kind of forgotten about them.

A little back story on them…

My grandmother loves all things related to history.  When we lived in Charleston, SC, she loved to visit and go downtown and soak up all the history.  On her trips, she began collecting these little wooden buildings.  They are hand-painted, and the back tells a bit about the history of the building.  If the building has a name, it is on the back as well.  A few years ago, she gave them to me.  I had no idea what to do with them, so in the box they went, as I’d never get rid of something she gave me.

Fast forward many years later.  I pulled out that box, and thought “oh, these are cute” and stuck them on my new-to-me china hutch.  During Christmas, they were there amongst the Christmas décor.

Last week, while cleaning up all the Christmas décor, I was rearranging and took a closer look at them.  You know, the little buildings that were only precious because my sweet Nonnie gave them to me.  And, guess what?  How had I never realized the significance of one of them??!!!


Do you see the little one that is second from the right, next to the church?  That is The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon.  “Okay” you ask, “what’s the big deal?  That’s cool and all, but what makes you point out THAT ONE over the others”?

That sweet little block of hand-painted wood is so much more than a piece of Charleston history.  It’s so much more than a gift from my grandmother.  It’s where my husband and I had our wedding reception!!!!   HOW THE HECK HAD I NOT NOTICED THIS BEFORE?!!!

Here’s a pic of the actual building, taken on our trip to Charleston in November.


So, this LONG, rambling post brings me to another point…how often do we overlook the things that are right in front of our face?!!!

I’m going to ask Nonnie if she realized the significance when she gave me those cute little blocks of wood, but it kills me that I missed it!!!

One of my intentions for 2019 is to be more in the moment, to not overlook that which is right under my nose.  Happy New Year Friends!


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