Karmyn chose precious objects as today’s Fun Monday topic. I picked a group of objects instead of just one. Apparently I can’t follow directions. What else is new? These objects are just a part of my collection of family memorabilia. One of my hobbies is researching my family history. I started doing this as a teenager with my grandmother. My Nannie saved everything! Now that she is gone I am saving it for her.
I have hundreds of photos, including some tintypes of my ancestors. I have autograph books from a cousin who died at age twelve in 1887. I have cards and letters, cemetery plot deeds (a bit morbid but cool nonetheless), old wallets and newspaper clippings.
I also have my grandfather’s photo album from his time in the Army. He served in Europe in World War II. I love to see him as a young man but it is difficult to view the devastation in some of the pictures. Buildings that were destroyed that had once been homes to families like mine are especially terrible. There are other pictures of my grandfather and his fellow soldiers in happier times. My grandfather had always been fascinated by aircraft. He somehow managed to get a metal plate from a German Stuka. The plate has the specifications of the plane on it. I have no idea how he managed to get his hands on that! Now I have this very odd souvenir.
These things represent my family. Someday I will show them to my girls and tell them about the great-grandparents they never knew and maybe they will love them just as much as I do.
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