When my beloved Grandma Hung Lam left us this day last year… This was one of the few things she left for me. An elegant, stunning, timeless, fully leather lined vintage Chanel bag in mint condition.
She had it stored for years because it was always too nice and precious to use. I use it now in her honor because she never got to. What’s the point of storing it for safekeeping? What if “later” never comes? We don’t live forever so we might as well enjoy while we can.
Whenever this time of the year comes around… May/June… It’s hard not to reflect on everything that’s changed the last couple years… It’s still difficult for me to accept that death is an inevitable and necessary part of life. Where there’s a beginning, there must be an ending… An exit.
You can’t hold on to anything forever… Everything is temporary.
So while this baby is temporarily mine…. I’m going to enjoy it. And remember her. Keep her memory alive. After all, it’s a Chanel…totally transcends time, which is what gives it its inherent value.
PS after one year of staring at it and finally having the courage to take it out… I discovered it still has her scent inside the bag!! It’s hard to describe what that scent is exactly…. But to me it’s magic. A time capsule exploding with nostalgia. One of those things I’d like to keep in a Ziplock bag forever.
Thank you for the love and memories.