Treasure Beneath the Spiders

Things have really changed in our world in the past few weeks. Who would have ever thought that this would happen? Many of us are self-isolating or sheltering-in-place, some are essential workers so they still have to go out and about, there are still plenty yet that refuse to listen to the officials and do what they’ve been told. It is definitely a little chaotic.

In my house we’re doing what we can to stay busy. I thought when I was laid off because of all of this I would find more time to write. That has not been the case. Instead, I am helping Wyatt with his homework, deep cleaning my house, sewing masks, watching old movies, and entertaining Wyatt. My older two seem to think all of this means they get to stay in their rooms and ignore me. Ha! I’ll show them, it is mandatory family game night tonight. I have no clue what we’ll play. Maybe we’ll do a craft instead of playing a game.

During all my cleaning this past week I have discovered a lot of forgotten treasures in my basement. You see, I have refused to go down there up until now, convinced that the spiders from The Hobbit have taken up residence. Judging by all the massive spiderwebs I knocked down this past week, there is a good chance that I was right. Once I cleaned up the cobwebs and replaced all the lightbulbs it wasn’t that bad down there.


I discovered several totes that I did not know were there. When we moved into this house my teens helped move and they took things that were nonessential down to the basement and then forgot about it. In one tote, I found the little hat that Quin wore in the hospital the day he was born, along with a photo album filled with pictures of him during his first few months of his life. I thought those had been lost forever. I also discovered the baby blanket that my grandma had crocheted for my children. She passed away when I was only twelve but she had crocheted blankets for each of her grandchildren to have when they each had their first born. All three of my kids have been wrapped up in this blanket and someday my grandchildren will be. we discovered photographs from when Jess and Quin were teeny tiny (three and one). Wyatt’s little blanket with a dog head that he used to carry everywhere.

We also found several drawers full of crafting supplies! Oh my goodness, Wyatt and I were delighted by this find. We now have something to help occupy the long days at home. Some things, I have no idea what they are. All these supplies came to me years ago when an older member of our church passed away. Her family knew I liked to make things so they brought it all to me but when we moved it went into storage. Then it ended up in the basement here with the spiders guarding it. Now we have all sorts of little things to create with. Wyatt loves the tiny cowboy hats! I’m going to turn those into barrettes. We found some things to make jewelry. There was a package of tiny books of scripture, those I am going to put on a chain. Then when we can go back to church again the Sunday School class can award them as the Quiet Seat Prize, then the kids can have a scripture necklace. I am looking forward to seeing what we can make over the next several weeks.


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Treasure Beneath the Spiders

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    awesome to find that cherished blanket after all this time.
    I think there’s a novel / novella in that business about refusing to descend into the basement… until ?????

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  2. kathleenbee says:

    It sounds like you’ve had such fun uncovering all those treasures.


  3. What a treasure trove! I have been taking inventory as well.It is amazing what I have hung onto. I am going to clear out a lot when this is over.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Isn’t it fun to find old treasures? As I’ve been sewing a lot and using up what I have, I’ve been finding little things I’d forgotten about, too. I definitely have enough to keep me busy for a long, long, time.

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