I grew up across the country from my paternal grandparents, so I had a tendency to really hold on tight to anything that came from them. Today I would like to show you some of the few thing I have from my Grandpa.
First up is this...
His chess set.
He taught me to play chess on this very set, and although I display no prowess for strategy or warfare, I can't help but be amazed at the intricacies of this set.
No two pawns are alike, each piece is it's own individual.
Lastly is this...
His camera. He documented everything, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that is where I get my desire to take pictures and ensure that no memory goes unrecorded.
He also took a lot of home videos, I would like to tell you about one in particular. When my grandfather was young he enlisted in the military, and was stationed at what was believed to be a cushy post in Hawaii. However, on December 7th, 1942, he woke up in his barracks to the sound of guns. He blamed the "daggone navy" for conducting drills on a Sunday morning, but when he looked out of his window he saw a Japanese Zero banking in the air and got a full view of the rising sun symbol. He immediately took off across the field, without his helmet...in his underwear. (I also inherited that trait to act..then think). He survived the attack, although some of his friends did not. Later that day he got out his video camera and shot some shaky but clear footage of the aftermath of bombing of Pearl Harbor.
He passed away several years ago, and these pieces, these memories, are more precious than ever. Matt and I have late night chess tournaments, and in the back of my head I often hear the sounds of my Grandpa's voice coaching me through my moves. Everytime I go to get my camera I see my Grandpa's camera sitting there as well, and I thank God for the time I got to spend with him, and the desire he passed on to me to record our lives as they happen.
Are there items in your home that evoke feelings? That remind you of loved ones that exist only in your memories? How do you display them?