Etsy holiday shop.
For the search engines, I've listed it as a "shadow box," but a more accurate term might be "memory box." In fact, Joe named it Si je me souviens, je suis
(If I remember, I am) in honor of our long ago French ancestors. Joe has traced his family back to the Isle of Jersey; I've found mine in the little village of Lessay in Normandy.
I'm sure for Joe these things bring memories of his boyhood in Southern Maine, where he spent many happy summers at his family's camp on the shores of Sebago Lake. In those days, a boy could wander all day through the woods, picking up pretty stones and scraps of moss covered bark. One of Joe's happiest boyhood events was the canoe trip he took with his brother Bruce, paddling from Sebago up the Songo River, through the lochs to Brandy Pond and Long Lake, to the town of Harrison.
Memory is a sweet, often bittersweet, thing. Personally I prefer the present, which will someday itself become a memory in another little shadow box.