Inside the box was a Love Houston Texans Houston Astros heart shirt, clutches of different colored hair in little plastic bags, a bunch of what looked like fingernail clippings in plastic baggies, and a four-inch dried and twisted up stalk of something with a bow-clip attached in the middle. It took me a moment, but then I remembered Thelma had told me the story about this box. It really hadn’t registered with me when she told me about the box originally; but, there it was. I must’ve thought she was joking; but, no, she wasn’t. Asking him to calm down, I told him I knew about the box and suggested we take it into the other room. We took it into the kitchen and sat down over a cup of tea… we really needed a break anyway.
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We opened the box together and I began taking out the Love Houston Texans Houston Astros heart shirt. Upon closer inspection, you could see these very tiny markings or labels on almost every item. The fingernail clippings were labeled similarly to the bags of hair but included clippings from her late husband, her father and her son Ron also. The last item was the dried up thing with the bow clip attached. It was labeled My Baby Rose funeral 1947. Thelma’s baby girl Rose, had died within a few hours of her birth in 1947. It was Rose’s actual umbilical cord with a child’s bow-shaped hair clip clamped onto it. Thelma had told me about her baby Rose during one of her panic attack stories. Rich never even knew his mom had a daughter before he and his brother were born. Thelma had never told him.