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For Friday Faves today, we are honoring National Old Stuff Day. Everyone has old stuff that they can't part with. What old stuff do you treasure? I am old enough that I have many old treasures. My daughters are going to tell you about what they have that is old to them!
The first thing I asked my girls was if I could treasure their old dad! They got a laugh out of that. But, when I asked my husband what old things he treasured, he said, "You!" Ha Ha! I'm glad that we were both on the same page. That is why I included our engagement picture in our collage.
" I wrote about a clock that we received as a wedding gift on this post. But, I have some old stuff that goes back farther than that.
I actually have a 1922 silver dollar that my dad gave me when I was about 7 or 8 years old. He had come home from work and was outside checking on the chickens or something. I ran over to him and gave him a big hug and a kiss. Then, I turned and ran away. As I ran, he called, "Hey Doc! (His nickname for me). And he flipped the dollar to me. I caught it! I have kept it ever since and treasured that memory.
I also still have my cedar chest that was a high school graduation gift from my brother and sister-in-law! Over the years it has traveled with us and held other treasures that I have held onto. But, none were as treasured as the cedar chest itself.
Do people still get cedar chests? Do any of you have one? I remember that it was so important to me to have one. My mother had one and it was always wonderful to open it and find the hidden treasures within. It was so special for me to receive my own. Mine definitely has that 70's vibe, but I still love it. Here are a few that you can find on Amazon even today!
My mom has been a knitter and crocheter her entire life. At least that is how I have always known her. My girl's and I all thought of the myriad of afghans we have received from her over the years.
One that comes to my mind is a blue one that she knitted for me and then embroidered on. My dad actually helped her make the tassels that went along each end. I didn't take a picture of it because I have it saved in a vacuum sealed bag. My mom has made all of her children and grandchildren many afghans over the years that we all count as treasures.
We also have quilts from her that we treasure. She only began quilting around 30 years ago, which was fairly late in life if you consider that this month she will be turning 95 years old! But, she has been very prolific at creating quilts. Lindsey and Alicia each received as young girls special quilts from her that were gingham with embroidered squares. Now that they have each had baby girls, she has made the babies embroidered quilts as well. Here is a picture of Alicia's with a couple of other treasures on it.
Alicia got Rudy, her Cabbage Patch Doll back when they were at the height of popularity. Notice the yarn hair. The gray bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy, has also been with Alicia forever. They went away with her to college and now her own children play with them. (She couldn't find Rudy's clothes for the photo. Oops!)
LIndsey, who has loved the piano from day 1, began her piano playing career on this little red piano from her Grandma and Grandpa Reynolds. She still has it up on the shelf in her piano room in her home.
It actually does play a scale very nicely and I really did start teaching her to play little songs on this cute thing when she was very young. (Here is a similar one.) We then advanced to a small key board, a larger key board and finally to an out of tune piano. She also was able to take lessons from better teachers than I was. Now, she is an accomplished pianist who teaches others to play.
Maddy also immediately thought of the quilts and afghans from her grandma, as well as a metal trunk that she cherishes that came from her Grandma Reynolds. Maddy never really got to know her Grandma Reynolds because she was afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease before Maddy was born. But she loves to hear the stories about her and when her Aunt offered her the trunk, she was so happy to have this piece of history.
Do you notice a theme? All of the old stuff that we treasure somehow connects us to our families in some way! They bring back precious memories. So, what do we treasure most? Family! I guess my husband and I were correct when we chose each other as old stuff that we treasure! This all kind of reminds me of the Pixar Movie, Coco. And all of this reminiscing makes me want to make sure that there are old treasures that all of my children and grandchildren will have to help them cherish our family as well.
Do you have old stuff that you love?
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!