I woke up from my Sunday nap itching to go to Goodwill. My mother thinks i’m the strangest, I know it. Anytime I come home with new “treasures”, she rolls her eyes and gives me an “Oh Lord, Kristen!!” or maybe a “Why am I not surprised..” When I pulled back into the driveway from Goodwill this time, I assured her THIS is a treasure!!
I was checking out at Goodwill when the purse caught my eye. Before I headed for the door, I strolled over to get a better look at it. Immediately I opened it up just to check if anything was inside. To my surprise, there were several receipts. DINGDINGDING. I checked the dates and they all read August 1970. I headed back for the counter and handed her $3.26 then made my way to my car. As soon as I got in my car, I began rummaging through the receipts. I saw a few names and dates but didn’t analyze them too much. When I showed my mom what I had found, we both analyzed the receipts extensively. From reading the papers that were left in the purse we gathered:
- Name: Mildred Berry
- Wife of Leroy Berry
- residents of Jasper, Texas 1970
- Mildred had a blood disease
- she was 43
The receipts were all hospital related. On the back of one she wrote “stop the blood flow Ezekiel 16:6”. I don’t know if she died from the disease. I tried googling her but nothing came up. This simple treasure of knowing a little bit of the history of the previous owner made my day. It’s so much more than a basket weaved purse. It’s a soul. A soul of a woman who was probably terrified. Probably a soul that was weary and broken. A soul that relied on God for her life.
Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!