Have y’all ever been around when a time capsule was opened? I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes when laying the cornerstone for a building, folks used to bury a box in it that held memorabilia and artifacts from their time. It was to be opened at a future date, so that the next generations could see what was “significant” to people at the time of its creation.
We have one in downtown Denton! I stumbled upon it the other day (literally). It’s hiding, waiting to be opened. Embedded in the cement at the corner of Hickory and South Locust streets in 1992 (and marked by a plaque), the time capsule is to be opened in the year 2012.
What? Just twenty years? That doesn’t seem nearly long enough to me. I want to be around to open one that has been hidden for 100 years!
I’ve been fascinated by time capsules since I was a little kid and heard the story of “Ol’ Rip.” It seems that in Eastland, Texas back in 1897 the City Fathers placed a time capsule in the cornerstone of the courthouse. In it was placed, among other things, a “horned lizard.” In 1928, that time capsule was opened, and a live horned lizard was produced! The folks said that he had been “sleeping” for 31 years and named him after Rip Van Winkle.[Aside: When I was a kid, we called them “horny toads.” They were easy to capture, and fun to hypnotize … but they died quickly in captivity. We were told not to capture them, because we were causing them to become extinct. For the record, horny toads can still be found … in bars across America. They are still easy to capture. (*gasp* Did she just say that?)]
I’ve been thinking about time capsules the last few days, and about what I might put into one. Imagine that we are creating a time capsule to be opened in the year 3010. We want to show future generations what ordinary life was like for people in the year 2010, so we want things that symbolize our world. Now, I know some things that I would put into it. No horny toads for me, but I’d put some things I would think had become “extinct” by then. However, I want to know what you think.
If you have been lurking, and not commenting, this is a perfect time to show me a little “comment love” for Valentine’s Day. Take a moment to answer … and let me know you are there! If you are a blogger and want to write your own post, leave a link to it in the comments. [ Joe wrote a post at Round Circle and had an intriguing take on the subject.]
But, tell me:
What one thing would you put into a time capsule … and why?