Last year on footnoteMaven, I wrote a story about the untimely death of little Elenor Palmer, my husband's aunt. She was accidentally hung while playing in an abandoned car on the family farm in Bainville, Montana. It is a very difficult chapter in my husband's family history, as I wrote in the story, Even Unto Death.
The story did not, however, end with my husband's Grandmother's death. No, a surprise was about to be found; found behind the freezer.
The house where Grandma Palmer had lived was rented and a succession of people moved in and out. When the old freezer on the porch finally died the family gathered a work party to remove it. The old freezer hadn't been moved since the day it had been installed many years before.
Wedged behind that freezer were two old velvet photo albums. My husband's uncle had looked through both albums and determined he didn't know any of the people in the portraits, so they went into a box in a closet. On one of our trips home to visit the family, that uncle offered the photo albums to me. I gladly accepted.
Found behind one of the pages of the album was a lock of hair. A beautiful lock of blond baby hair, tied with a pink ribbon, Elenor's. An exceptional find!