He made his way inside his grandmother's home. To say it was a big old cluttered mess is an understatement. But that's how she worked. She was extremely creative and was known for keeping scraps pretty much everywhere. He was standing there, in the middle of her ceramics room, not knowing where to start. The mess was simply overwhelming. That's when he noticed something that made him stop dead in his tracks. It was a safe! Eager to see what secrets she was hiding in it, he opened it. What he found inside would end up answering any questions he may have had about where he came from.
He was thrilled to help his beloved Nana, who had just called him on the phone. They were pretty tight, and he simply loved to be around her. In fact, their family motto was "double happiness," but what does it mean? Well, their family is so close, that they feel that if one of them is happy, the other one is too. He headed straight to her house, and opened the front door. As he was making his way in, he noticed a delightful smell. Grandma was baking some sweet treats, and the aroma made him feel right at home. But then, Nana asked him to help out with a few tasks around the house. She needed to clear out a few things, more specifically, her ceramics room. She was simply too fragile to do it herself, and she really didn't really see herself going back to doing ceramics again. He loved helping out, so he opened the door. Now, there was no going back.
Unsurprisingly, getting into the room was no easy task, as the door was stuck. He tried to wedge his way into the room, but it wasn't easy. Once he was inside, he realized this was going to be a long day! The room was covered in piles and piles of things, but it was all good. He actually liked to pry around his grandma's things, not knowing what secrets he would unearth. But he could've never imagined what the future had in store for him!
He couldn't believe his eyes. The entire room was covered in piles of things like pottery, tools, paint, and an array of materials scattered all over the room. He didn't even know what to do first, so he simply closed his eyes and chose a random spot to start cleaning up. First, he started picking up things and organizing them into two piles: the "trash" pile and the "keep" pile. As he was doing so, he noticed an object that immediately caught his eye. He had no idea what was hiding in the darkness of the closet.
The dark wooded closet was set up against the wall, but still, clutter was everywhere, and it was impossible for him to reach it straight away. The doors of the closet were boxed in, and random pieces of wood had fallen to its feet, crumbling down. It was apparent this closet was old, but more than that, it looked untouched. He moved the obstacles away and cleared a proper path to get to it. His only mission now was the closet, leaving the piles of clutter behind for some other time. He was excited; he didn’t know what this mystery closet would hold. But soon, he would find out.
The closet was a big old mess, and it was filled with clutter. He started clearing it out little by little, but his excitement vanished rather fast. He thought he'd stumble upon an incredibly heirloom or some unbelievable discovery, but as he kept digging in, he noticed something strange hiding over in the closet. He spotted a few tiles that were a bit loose at the bottom of the closet, so he proceeded to remove every object that was covering the floor. Once he was done tossing it all outside, he finally was able to figure out what it was, and it was more exciting than he could've predicted.
He tossed a few wooden parts to the side. They were placed there in an attempt to camouflage was was hiding underneath. Thankfully for him, the tiles were so old that removing them was a piece of cake. He could now clearly see his mysterious finding. It was hiding inside a false bottom that was hiding deep inside the closet. But why would anyone need a false base inside a closet? He removed some dirt and debris in order to get a better view of his discovery. He was on a wild ride to unearth some incredible secrets, but this was just the beginning.
After removing the gravel and some debris, he could finally visualize what was hiding inside his Nana's closet: a metal object with a round piece of plastic of some sort. The second he laid eyes on it, he immediately recognized it and gasped. It was an old combination safe! All his other tasks were kicked to the curb. His sole focus now was calling grams to let her know what he had discovered. But his granny was really old now, and she couldn't really recall what was hiding inside the safe. She didn't even know who put it there! This only made it even more interesting for her grandson, so he kept on digging. Now he needed to unearth the secrets locked inside that safe, but he would have to break it open. His grandma gave him the green light to break it open. His heart was pumping with excitement. He had no idea what he was in for.
This wasn't your run-of-the-mill discovery, oh no. This only happened once in a lifetime, so he knew he was a lucky man. He grabbed the camera on his phone and started documenting everything. Later on, he posted the pics on the site "Imgur" where he uploaded the photos of his findings under the username "Todirerl." His father lent a hand and they broke into the safe. In the beginning, it looked as if there was nothing special hiding inside. But more and more objects started coming out of the safe, which offered something that was more valuable than they could've predicted. Todirerl was about to learn a lot about his family tree. He just didn't know it yet!
He was a bit disappointed when he pried open the medium-sized safe. He imagined it be full of heirlooms and valuable objects, but that didn't seem to be the case. When he first saw the inside, he noticed a few old pieces of paper, and a black cloth. Regardless of his expectations, he was living for it. He went through the contents, when suddenly, he noticed something that was a bit unusual. It definitely stood up from everything else. He proceeded to document his findings, one photo at a time. But he kept asking himself the same question. Who put these things inside that safe and why?
He took a closer look and was surprised to see what was written on one of the papers, "Abandon All Regret Ye Who Enter Here." You're probably familiar with this famous "Dante's Inferno" quote, but instead of the word "regret," it should've said "hope." Now he was sure that the safe couldn't belong to anyone other than his grandfather, and it was packed with unbelievable mementos. That's when he noticed a badge that was extremely familiar to him.
The black cloth's symbol was pretty evident. They both felt like they had seen it before, but they couldn't pinpoint where. He snapped a pic and went back to his grandma's to show her what he'd found. He was sure he'd seen it somewhere else when he was a kid. It wasn't something he could forget, as it was etched in his brain. He knew it must've been significant for the family, but was it a sigil? What could it possibly be? His grandmother couldn't really come up with an answer either. But Todirerl wasn't about to stay still, wondering what it was. He kept exploring some more, not knowing he was about to stumble upon so many more surprises.
He started unfolding the cloth as he noticed there was something hiding inside. He realized there were more objects tucked into the black cloth. As he unfolded it, he discovered a plastic box, a lamp, two photos, a leather pouch, and a pen. But the photos were the ones to shed some light on what he had stumbled upon. Everything was all worn down and rusty. He felt like he had traveled back in time! Upon inspecting the photographs a bit closer, he couldn't believe what he had found. This wasn't something he was expecting, at all! Particularly from an old raggedy brown closet.
One of the photos featured a lady dressed in old-timely garments. It was clear to Todirerl that the pictured dated back quite a few years. He quickly realized that this woman must've been his grandfather's own grandmother. It was simply uncanny. So many generations had passed, and there he was, holding a photo of a person who was on this earth so many years ago. But he had no idea that this would be just the beginning of his findings.
The second photo gave him goosebumps. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. There he was, an elegant man wearing round glasses, a dapper suit, while holding a pipe like a total heartthrob. The photos were worn and had a yellow cast all over them, but he knew exactly who that man was. It was his beloved grandfather. The photos were simply invaluable. But those are not the only family heirlooms he'd end up discovering.
He had unearthed some incredible findings that were of great value for everyone in his family. They'd get to learn more about where they come from, and it truly brought them joy whenever they encountered some new object that shed some light about their roots. He kept looking, and found a gold pocket watch inside a pouch. But was it worth anything? He turned around the pouch in which he found the watch, and tiny pieces of papers came flying down. Would this answer his question?
He couldn't help but stare in awe and gasp when he turned the tiny pieces of paper come out of the pouch. There it was. An intact, pristine collection of stamps from a variety of countries that aren't even in existence today. Among the many stamps he discovered, where a few from Zaire, (known as Congo today,) the Soviet Union, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is now being disputed with Morocco. He couldn't believe how lucky he was to have discovered mementos from his grandfather's expeditions and travels. But that's when he saw a white plastic box that caught his eye. Was it hiding some secret treasures inside as well?
He was thrilled with everything that was going on. He kept digging through these treasures from the past, when he stumbled upon that white box. And he was right, it was full of mini relics. He noticed a few coins first, which were really cool all on their own. He was so excited, he couldn't believe how he went from being at his grandma's house to help her clean the room, to unearthing some secrets from his family's past. As he was looking through the coins, he noticed something that made him feel proud to have been born in that family.
The coins came from a myriad of different countries from all different eras. He found a few coins from outhern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), New Zealand, Jamaica, Pakistan, Cuba, and Venezuela, and so many others, he couldn't keep track. Some were pretty unique, like a 1921 silver dollar coin from the United States. Allegedly, that one's worth a ton of money. But the box was hiding a lot more secrets that were worth more than gold for him and his family.
The plastic box was hiding other treasures too, like a WWI medal and a pin with a crest which was most likely given to his great-grandfather after serving in WWI. But it was the crest that caught his eye the most. It featured a lion that could've been the coat of arms of Norway, or the royal arms of Scotland. One Imgur commenter had their own theory, though. They suggested that the pin was usually given to Commonwealth troops who served in combat. But when Todirerl uploaded photos of all of his findings, people commented about the insignia that was on the black cloth. Turns out, it is a Chinese character that symbolizes the word, "double happiness," his family's motto. Now he understood why it was so damn familiar!