Stacey, you’ve reminded me of my grandfathers, one who passed away before I was born, the other when I was 5. I have only a handful of clear memories of “Dad,” as I called him, but I cherish them and him, and I see him in my brother sometimes which pleases me enormously.
Sniff. This was so touching. I was surprised to discover that I miss my grandfather as much today as the day he passed. I thought my memories and feelings would fade, but they don’t. If anything I think the feelings grow stronger. Really, when you think about it, that is a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing this lovely slice of life.
I appreciate your writing each day you post. I loved this SOLS. My parents are both gone now. It’s been 2 years for my mother and almost 9 years for my father. I’ve got many of the artifacts from their life. I treasure them. I also just finished reading Gossamer by Lois Lowrey and it really touched me. Have you read it? It’s all about possessions and the memories they contain in them. What a beautiful book, I highly recommend it!
I love this slice! How lucky you are to have these artifacts, and to have such a special relationship with your “Florida Grandpa.” My mother recently gave me a packet of old family photos, which included a picture of an elderly couple, yet to be identified, so I have the same sort of questions! Last year, when my mother’s uncle passed away, we found an album of pictures documenting her family’s journey from Lebanon to NYC to Georgetown, CT, and many of the notes are in Arabic, waiting to be deciphered. Thanks for reminding me of this, because now I feel even more motivated to uncover these little mysteries!
Your slice today shows how family artifacts are such powerful catalysts. They are the museum pieces of our lives. How cool your students know of your “Florida Grandfather.” Using personal artifacts is how our class starts their writing year… by bringing in artifacts of their lives- up to five things. We go from their through the year to bringing in more historical family artifacts. I am inspired to think more of the artifacts in my own family today. Great post.
You just took me back to my mother’s father and his Russian passport that hangs in my brother’s home. I remember him well even though we saw him only twice a year. He was a powerful force in my life even though he spoke in a very broken English/Yiddish.
Thanks for taking me back,
Just this week, I was thinking of my great-grandmother. I use her as part of my example of narrative writing in the classroom — how physical objects can have strong memories (I have one of her tea cups and it reminds me of Sundays in her house).
We worry that our children may not have those connections to relatives, so we try to talk about our own parents (the only one of the four still living is my dad).
I’m glad that you have something to turn to.
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