Four of My Favorite Things and the Stories Behind Them

I first had the idea for this post after seeing Jeff Sheldon, the founder of Ugmonk, featured on Minimums. Minimums is a relatively new site dedicated to sharing “the most interesting possessions of the world’s most interesting people.” I may not be one of the world’s most interesting people, but we all have interesting things with stories behind them. So I created a list of my favorite things, narrowed them down to four, photographed them and wrote their stories.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear about your favorite things and any special stories they hold.

One: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

Two years ago I was walking through Buncombe Antiques Mall with Alyssa, and we spotted this Land Camera in the corner. Both of us wanted to buy it, but after looking at the price, we decided it would be better to save our money. I was resigned to never see it again. A few weeks later was my birthday, and when I opened my gift from Alyssa, there it was—this beautiful Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera.

If you want some more info about the Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, check out this incredibly detailed ad from the 70’s.

Two: Hermes 3000 Typewriter

My grandparents bought this Hermes 3000 typewriter for $100. It was a high school graduation present for my dad in 1970. He wrote papers on it as he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. As a teacher he used an IBM Selectric, but he remembers typing high school tests with the Hermes 3000 as late as 1992.

At some point it was moved into my parent’s garage, and three years ago I found it there. Since then it has been on my desk. I use it to write letters occasionally, but I keep it out because I love the way it looks.

Three: Handmade Notebook

As the fall semester of 2012 came to a close, I plucked up the courage to ask Alyssa to attend Artist Series with me. It's customary to get each other gifts for that kind of thing. So I made her a necklace, and Alyssa handmade this notebook for me. It takes a lot of time to build a book like that, and she did a lovely job. I especially like the quote she lettered on the cover.

“They live the happiest life in the world that live a life of love to Jesus Christ, beholding Him with an eye of faith.” - Jonathan Edwards

I filled the notebook within a few months, but I’ll keep it for the rest of my life.

Four: Green Mouse Stapler

This green mouse stapler is incredibly cute, and like most mice, it refuses to die. It has been around for 40+ years, and it works like new.

This stapler was one of my mom’s high school graduation gifts. She used it throughout all four years of college, and once my mom graduated and became a teacher, she began using this at home. I distinctly remember stapling my schoolwork with it throughout my childhood.

Before I moved to Houston, I asked my mom if I could have it, and she was kind enough to say yes. Now it sits on my desk next to the typewriter from my dad.

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