I recently came across a YouTube video of an older gentleman who had buried a five gallon bucket in the yard of the house his parents owned, at the time, over 37 years ago. Now, in 2013, the house and the neighborhood were scheduled for demolition to make way for a new apartment complex. He was forced to dig up the bucket after 37 years. Though not a centennial capsule as he had hoped, it did provide a nostalgic trip back in time for him and a discovery for his children and now grandchildren. This gentlemen not only put in whole newspapers of his time 1975 / 6, but also memorabilia so important to a then 12 year old adolescent boy: game and baseball cards; magazines like Mad, Cracked, and Crazy; favorite candies, which had disintegrated into a soggy mess; and favorite toys like Matchbox cars. Though this fellow was ten years my junior and so his inclusions were not the same as what I would have added, it was certainly interesting to see each item unearthed. This was not only for his excitement in revisiting a long forgotten youth, but also the reaction of his children and grandchildren at seeing all this old-fashioned stuff uncovered. This got me to thinking of what I, as owner / manager of Catholic Rural Solutions would add to a time capsule if I were to bury one today.
The first consideration would be where to locate the treasure trove for future generations to ah and ooh over. It would have to be a place which, at least for the foreseeable future, would be undisturbed. The next and most important consideration would be what to include in the time capsule. The first thing that leaps to mind would be an incandescent light bulb. As many now know after the current stock of these is sold from the retail stores they will no longer be available. I would also include a packet or two of common garden seeds sealed as best as possible to preserve their growth potential. The next item would be a CD and a printed hardcopy of a complete almanac of CRS, printed on archival paper, going back to inception in 2005. Perhaps also to be included would be a copy of TV Guide or its current equivalent to illustrate pop-culture of 2014; in addition, I would also include the latest copy of national or perhaps even international newspapers, Wall Street Journal, NYTimes, USA Today, Washington Post, etc. Of special interest would be the classified ads and the local grocery store sales inserts so that the future generations could see the changes over the years. I would definitely include a copy of Blum’s Farmers and Planters Almanac for 2014. I might also include the accursed electronic leash the cell phone, sans the batteries which could corrode the whole contents of the bucket. I would also include the parish bulletin for the last Sunday along with some sacramentals like Our Lady of Mt. Carmel brown scapular, a Miraculous Medal, and perhaps even a Missal. To me, as a student of history, I would project ahead 50 or 100 years to speculate on not only what would be most interesting to the generation that opens such a treasure, but also would be of the most spiritual benefit.
So with this in mind I would be interested to see what the readership of Catholic Rural Solutions would include in the list above which, I might have neglected to consider as important. Be sure to keep in mind that this should mainly be Catholic, rural, and a solution to all ills that might be of benefit our current society or a future one. Give it some thought; I look forward to each of your responses.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.