Mystery Box – You wake up one morning to find a beautifully wrapped package next to your bed. Attached to it is a note: “Open me, if you dare.” What’s inside the mystery box? Do you open it?

Beware of boxes from the Hall of Records!

Beware of boxes from the Hall of Records!

If you look closely, under the wrapping paper and ribbons, you can see who sent it … or at least, whence it originated.

“Hall of Records,” says the label. I’ve been searching for this stuff  since I first had that dream, the one in which I am climbing an endless ladder in a very tall building until finally, I get to a steel door. Which is solidly locked. On which is a sign that says “Hall of Records.”

In all these years, I’ve never been able to go in there, never been able to see what kind of information the room contains. And now, here it is, next to my bed. The records. The lost memories. The suppressed memories. The experiences too painful to remember. All the buried stuff.

I look at the box, pick it up and give it a good shake. It’s heavy and solidly packed. No rattling, nothing loose inside. It must be crammed to its limits.

I’ve made my decision.

I carry it to the attic, pull down the creaky old stairs. Up to the attic I haul that heavy box, grunting with the strain of it. I have lived this long without knowing all the details of the worst days of my life. I think I can slide through the remaining years equally — and happily — in ignorance.

Now, I’m going to get some coffee. Mince pie anyone? Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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21 replies

  1. The box is still on the premises though, and we usually have an inkling of what might come out of it, just remember you have strength to endure, obviously-eat some mince pie first, then pray and then open the box and let that stuff fly away, even the city of Los Angeles has cleared their Hall of Records and gone on-line. Just old musty stuff. Must make the attic kinda scary.


    • I’m sure whatever I need to know will make itself known in due time and if it doesn’t, I will be fine not having full recall. You will have to trust me when I say I’ve had an over-abundance of horror, more than enough for two lifetimes. I do not need more. If it shows up on its own, I’ll deal with it. If it stays in the box, I’m good with that.

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  2. I enjoyed this — good call, too.


  3. Merry Christmas Marilyn! 🙂


  4. After church I was led into temptation. The German bakery was still open, so it is coffee and strudel for me.


  5. I would love to gain access to the Hall of Records… not that it would do me any good since I don’t have a turntable to play any of them on….


  6. I was extremely saddened today to discover my sister is spending Christmas alone. She got up early, baked a special cake without dairy products for her grandson and delivered that plus all her Christmas gifts to the front porch of her daught. This ungrateful b***** has decided she doesn’t wish to spend Christmas with her mother or even allow her to see her two grandsons, you know, the grandsons my sister raised because their bulimic mother was too self centered to care for them.

    So many people talk about Alzheimer’s causing terrible memory loss. What’s the excuse for our younger generation forgetting the sacrifices their parents made to raise them? I love my sister and know she’s working right now at age 75 because that same daughter and her 3 kids burned through my sister and her husband’s retirement money.

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  7. I open the old box when I have a talk with my 99 year old dad on the phone like today. I noticed talking about the old memories of our passed Christmas make him happy. We both realise that it has gone, but the memories remain just like your memories now in the attic. Yes, a mince pie would be ideal. Unfortunately the Swiss have not yet discovered them.

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  8. Good decision on the that box.


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