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Posted July 09, 2014 in Community Featured, Clive
A mysterious set of child’s handprints found in Jeremy Schultz’s yard has found its way into his garage. Photo by David Rowley.

A mysterious set of child’s handprints found in Jeremy Schultz’s yard has found its way into his garage. Photo by David Rowley.

Like Forrest Gump’s mother taught us: “Life (is) like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” But what about houses? The same has proven true for Jeremy Schultz who has come across a handful of trinkets from previous owners that have been left over the years.

“When you move into a new house, you always seem to find a few things left behind,” says Schultz. “We just hooked up our central vacuum system — the piping was already installed, but no unit. And when that thing started running, we found a handful of toys that some kid had stuck in the tubes — a ball, a star pin. A lot of weird things that just showed up.”

One thing that’s found its way into the garage is an “ugly-looking” circular piece of concrete. Schultz says he found a cement lawn decoration clad with plastic ornaments on one side in his yard. When he bent down to pick it up and trash it, he noticed what he suspected to be a child’s handprints on the facedown side.

“I thought that it was bizarre that this thing was just sitting out in our yard, so I reached out to the previous owner — who had been there since 2000 — but he said that it wasn’t his either,” Schultz says. “So it hit me as a little weird and made me curious about who left these handprints. Was this some sort of art project that the mother did with her kid? Why would they cover it up? Why did they not take it with them?”

Below the handprints is the word “Sunshine.”

“It just leads to more questions,” says Schultz.

The prints struck a chord with Schultz, not just because he, too, is a parent and recognizes these kinds of parent/child art projects, but because he has always been interested in the history of places.

“I tend to get connected to the places I’ve lived. Whether it’s college or high school, in a house or the house you grew up in,” says Schultz. “I think those things are important. We tend to leave traces in the world as we go along, and sometimes we cross paths, and it’s just curious where these traces came from and what is their significance.

“It’s just something you think about when you’re in a place that has a history beyond your own,” he says.

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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