Leaving a Trace Behind, a.k.a., If Walls Could Talk

Leaving a Trace Behind, a.k.a., If Walls Could Talk

Last month, I shared that my husband, Brian, and I were moving from New Jersey to Florida for his new job. There’s something about starting a new chapter that makes you look back for a bit on the old and I thought it would be fun to post a picture on Facebook showing my packed-up office and reminiscing about all the genealogical work that’s been done there. I also shared that Brian and my neighbors thought I should sign the wall inside one of the closets and asked my Facebook community what they thought. The response was overwhelming! You can see the signature I left above and the Facebook post that inspired it below.

The experience makes me curious about how others have left a trace of themselves behind when they’ve moved. I’d love to hear stories in the comments! #LeaveATrace

If walls could talk

By |2018-09-22T17:20:46-04:00September 14th, 2015|Human Interest, Research|2 Comments


  1. Myrt September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Several reminders:

    1. Wrote a message in paint before tiling a wall.

    2. Wrote date and names near a door jam before the framing was installed.

    3. Left a plant I couldn’t take cross country and a note to the new owners that the house was a happy place for us and we know how it will be for them.

    4. Wrote on the wall out initials in a heart before the new kitchen cabinets were installed. We didn’t move for years, but I’d often look at the cabinet and remember the secret message. 😊

    • Megan Smolenyak September 15, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

      You’re a pro at this, Myrt! Thanks for all the examples!

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