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Box of mem­o­ries I just loved read­ing Lynda Hal­li­nan’s ar­ti­cle, Hope and Glory (April 2017). It re­minded me of my glory box and the kilo­me­tres it has trav­elled as it fol­lowed me around the world, tak­ing on a va­ri­ety of roles. My nana gave it to me for my 21st birth­day in 1982 – a green padded box with a slid­ing drawer. My 21st was a tra­di­tional party, where fam­ily and friends gave me items that quickly filled the box – all ready for the leap into adult­hood with my first teach­ing job away from home. Many years later the box was packed with wed­ding gifts and shipped first to the UK, then on to Cyprus where we lived, and later to New Zealand, where it was trans­formed into a toy box for my son. It has moved sev­eral times within NZ un­til our last stop, Wanaka. It now holds my son’s child­hood mem­o­ries, things I can’t bear to part with, things that at his stage in life he is not in­ter­ested in, but one day I am sure the glory box will be rein­vented into a use­ful item in his home. DORICE WALMISLEY

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