Treasure Chest Thursday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers encouraging bloggers to create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an everyday item important to the family.
Helen Killeen Parker was the sixth child of my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan and her first husband John Joseph Killeen. Aunt Helen enjoyed company and we visited her often. I loved her living room. It was a large room filling the center of the house from front to back if you count the office; it was separated from the living room by French doors which were always open. Light flooded the room from all directions.Helen was from that generation of Southern women that changed rugs and slipcovers with the seasons. While I cannot remember the slipcovers precisely, I clearly recall when the wool Oriental rug and the “straw rug” – what was it? Jute? Rattan? – swapped places signaling the end of one season and the beginning of another.
|Helen's living room 1953|
(photo taken from the office toward the front of the house)
Knowing her death was imminent, Helen made sure her fine things went to people she wanted to have them. In addition to a child’s rocker, I received a lovely little walnut Victorian lady’s rocking chair. Helen kept hers in the living room. So do I.