Thursday, December 16, 2010

Time Capsule

Okay, let's think blue skies and summer days.   Sunshine so bright, you can't help but smile!  

Has anyone ever buried a time capsule?  
Early this year Gary just happened on photo's one day when he was going through his late father's pictures - photos showing a place where one such time capsule was buried.
  Remember the post on Athena, Gary's daughter?  

Well, ten years ago, 7/21/2000 to be exact, Athena and her Pop-Pop (Gary's father) buried this time capsule together.  Special memories were tucked inside. 

Time would stand still... Athena was seven at the time.  
But time did not stand still.  
Pop-Pop would only live another six years, then die suddenly of a heart attack.  
Athena would be alienated not only from her Pop-Pop, but from her father and his entire side of the family as well.  

Time moved on.  

And a time capsule that was buried with love one warm July day and brought a grandfather and his granddaughter closer together, remained.  

Pop-Pop left behind photos of the site marking the exact place where the time capsule was buried, on the towpath in Freemansburg, Pa.  You can imagine the strange looks we got as we began our hike on the towpath this spring day, May 7, 2010 - ten years later-  carrying shovels.  

 We walked about a mile out the towpath and finally found the tree.

 The tree had grown, along with weeds.  But after an hour of digging, measuring, moving, and digging some more.....

It was found!

Wondering what's in the time capsule?

Yes, there were injuries from the thicket surrounding the pine tree where X marked the spot.

Notice the pictures beside the time capsule.  Pop-Pop had circled the exact place to dig.

He thought of everything....  well almost everything... 
you'll see what he didn't think of... in the video.

All of the dirt was replaced, neatly where it belonged.

And then we took the time capsule to Pop-Pop's grave where Gary and his oldest daughter Stacy opened it.  It was bittersweet.  Only ten years had passed, but it seemed like a lifetime.  So much had happened.  

I know, you're dying to know what was in the time capsule, right?  

Yes, we have a video.  Come back next Thursday to see :)


  1. I'll definitely be back next Thursday! Very fascinating and no, I have never done a time capsule like this. Can't wait to find out.


  2. I love a mystery. And this one has EVERYTHING.

  3. I look forward to the rest of the story. Blessings to you this weekend Bobbi.

  4. Oh Bobbi,
    I will definitely be back and no, I never have buried a time capsule. In HS English we were given an assignment to write about what we'd include in one but never actually did it.
    How fun for all of you!

  5. Sounds exciting. I am anxious to read the second time capsule installment. It is a wonderful idea - too bad it has to hold bittersweet memories.

  6. Oh this is going to be so interesting to see what you all discovered. What a wonderful thing PopPop thought of to do with Athena!

    And you are right...time doesn't stand still.

    Allison...Puddles mum

  7. I can't believe you are going to make us wait a week!!!!! We will see you then.

  8. And the suspense builds, lol.....

  9. How exciting!! The hospital that I work at turned 50 this year and they did a time capsule. It's a really neat idea. I can't wait to see what's all in there!


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