Now, on the granny end of it, it meant a day for the children to stay home from school. Day care was closed, as well. The banks and the post office were also closed. With the day being a busy day for my daughter at her work, though, I got to keep the little darlings. Heh-heh. Overall, the day was okay. We started the day with “dress-up”. The grandchildren love to come into my room and explore. I not only save anything and everything, but, I collect stuff, too. My jewelry ‘collection’ is massive. None of it is really worth anything. It’s just pretties I’ve bought or been given through the years. I also collect little purses, long skirts, scarves and accessories. Among my goodies are hand-woven belts, gloves, a few hats and a hand fan, many of them antiques. The little ones’ curiosity is always piqued by my purse collection hanging on the wall by my old dresser. The jewels, beads and embroidery, tinsel and buttons, scream for their attention. I would be intrigued, but, then, that is what drew me to them in the first place. We got down some of the purses and got out a few long skirts and had fun. Jaela was in her element! She loves dress-up and spends a lot of time trying on her own clothes. She is particularly fond of skirts. Mine were just a wee bit too long. LOL Jewelry, a scarf and the very tattered hand fan and we had an ensemble. LOL
While the children were playing and trying on different items, I couldn’t help but think about what memories these little ones would keep of times like this. My own grandmother and my memories of her, ironically, are of her perfume, her big, gaudy costume-piece brooches and her hats. I realize, then, that my cherished treasures were some of the same type things my grandma held special. She loved to fancy herself up. She never left the house without her make-up or a hat. Though she lived in another town with my aunt, we saw her often and she came to visit. Even at our house, when she got herself ready for the day, she had on stockings and was dressed nice. Grandma passed on this love of ‘accessorizing’ to me, evidently, and, now, it appears that I am passing this along to my own grandchildren. I never really thought about it before, but, my granny had her own influences on me. Thanks, grandma!
We all have certain memories we keep with us from our childhood. I only knew this one grandparent – the others had passed long before my birth, but, I was born late in my mother’s life. Grandmas, as far as storybooks and tales go, are shown to wear aprons and bake cookies. That just wasn’t my grandma! Granny made some mean salt-water taffy! And, she healed my hands of warts in one fell swoop! But, for the most part, I remember my grandmother as pretty and very much a lady. I recall her eyes, closing demurely, whenever she would meet an older gentleman. She was such a flirt! She even held a lace hanky, or had one tucked in her bosom, most of the time. Most of all, though, I remember my brother and I playing with Grandma’s brooches while we were going someplace, or another, in the family car. She always sat it the back seat with us kids, so, we would take turns, turning the brooch this way and that in our hands, marveling over the beautiful spray of ‘rainbows’ on the ceiling of the car, which resulted from the sun hitting the cut-glass gemstones like a prism. I was mesmerized, myself, I don’t know about my brother. Now, seeing the grandchildren feeling so privileged to rummage through my own pretty things, I recall how special our time together was and how it affected my life. She cherished her pretties. Now, I know where I got it. And, now, I hope, I am making those special memories for my own grandchildren. Awesome!
Also, there is a new “freebie site”! Jodiann, from Get Your Pixel On Blog and several stores, along with a couple of ‘secret friends’ started their own freebie site, Freebie Scrap Garden. You submit your freebies and get great exposure. Or, you can go peruse each day’s freebies, all in one place. Give it a whirl! You might just find something special!
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