Once upon a time there was a blank refrigerator. It dutifully kept its contents cold for its owners. Over time the refrigerator held more than just perishable food; it kept memories. These memories were not found on the inside, but on the exterior of the refrigerator. There were candid snapshots of family, magnetic momentos of trips and special surprises, a handmade poster, report cards, certificates of achievement, grocery lists, menu ideas, and more. These physical objects meant less to outside observers but still provided a glimpse into the owners’ lives.
Over time the refrigerator tired and was replaced, but each new replacement refrigerator’s door became a display–until last week.
You see, last week one of the owners started packing for the family’s move to a new house and the refrigerator isn’t coming along. Even though that particular owner isn’t sentimental, once she took all the items off, she found it odd to look at the blank refrigerator door. The move became more real to her, and a tinge of nostalgia hit her heart.
In the next house with a new refrigerator, the owner will post many of the same items but life is changing. There are more transitions happening other than the move across town. College Dean’s Lists will replace the K-12 report cards. New UMD magnetic momentos will be added. Some photos will include new friends.
The owner finds it a little ironic that the new refrigerator will be slightly skinnier to fit in the new space. It’s as if there’ll be less to post. Her heart is saddened a bit, but she’s certain there will be plenty of memories to share with the outside observer who takes a moment to glimpse at the new refrigerator’s door.