This month’s Smithsonian magazine includes a section titled “101 Objects That Made America.”
Photos of the objects, which are from the Smithsonian museums, include:
● Meriwether Lewis’s compass
● A plate from a John James Audobon painting
● A gold nugget from Sutter’s Mill
● Abraham Lincoln’s top hat
● Louis Armstrong’s trumpet
● Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit
● Sandra Day O’Connor’s robe
Are there objects in your life that someday will be worthy of the Smithsonian — or at least be valued by the people who come after you?
For example, my daughter Anna was confirmed on Sunday. As a gift, my Mom gave Anna a cross necklace that my Dad gave to my Mom when they were courting. It’s a symbol of his life as a pastor, husband, father, and grandfather.
Look around. What object will hold meaning to future generations? What object will people pick up and ponder? What captures the essence of your life and work?