Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge: write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.
This week’s theme is all about heirlooms. I come from a sentimental family that has passed many items down through the generations, from everyday kitchen tools to fine silver tea sets. In a few months, I will be passing along an heirloom that belonged to me first: a rocking chair.
I do not know who gave me this rocking chair – maybe my parents, maybe my grandparents, maybe Santa. But the first picture of it is dated Christmas 1952 when I was a year and a half.
|Me Christmas 1952 in Burlington, NC|
on the back: "Wendy and all her glory"
Yes, Momma cut those bangs! But what a pretty
dress. Those gloves were sheer.
|My rocking chair -- getting ready for a makeover|
Maybe SHE will sit and read a little book or sing to her own little baby in a rocker that looks like this:
Or maybe HE will see if he can rock hard enough to flip himself out of a rocker that looks like this:
There was a time when I thought painting a piece of furniture was practically a sin. However, now as I contemplate the future of the heirlooms in my possession, I feel myself moving to the other side. Daily we are expected to adapt to changes in technology. Even the most senior of senior citizens are learning to text and use social media. Maybe we can let at least some of our heirlooms live in a modern world too without expecting them to sit like do-not-touch museum pieces.
My hope is that one day when the paint is faded and chipped, the rocker will get another life when it is passed on to a third generation.
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