I've inherited many small, yet special items from my Mother and Grandmother. One such item is a small, hand carved toy rocking chair that belonged to my Mother. Her Grandfather carved it for her when she was very young. My Mother was born in 1922 so I would estimate the toy rocking chair is over 90 years old. When I was growing up Mother always had the little chair on a shelf or somewhere around the house where she could see it. It meant a lot to her since her Grandfather carved it for her and she loved him very much. In turn it has meant a lot to me and I keep it on a shelf near my sewing machine. I never knew my Great-Grandfather because he died before I was born, but I heard many wonderful stories about him as I was growing up.
I don't know if it is just me or not but small items like this mean more to me than anything of any monetary value. I love to hold it and think about it's history and how something so simple can come to mean so much.
|My Mother between her two older|
brothers in about 1926.
|My Great-Grandfather that carved the |
rocker and one of his other grandchildren.
(he lost his leg when younger and working with the railroad)