This is a picture of my beloved little secretary. It was a gift from my husband in the 1980s. It sits in my "oh so English" study. It is a tiny room but I love it. It is *me*. Or, *me* without the highlighted hair covering the gray, the goofy glasses and the ever present blue jeans. Other than missing those things, it is *me*. Ahem. On this desk top are a collection of *smalls* and bits and bobs of memories. The bible was given to me by my Grandmother when I turned
18. It is inscribed, "To Susie on her 18th birthday. Be good. Love, Grandma."
My Grandmother always ended her letters and cards
with, "Be good." I find myself saying it to Gracie
and I can hear my Grandma's voice when I do!
The bookmark was purchased at the Westminster Abbey gift shop, in England, June, 2000. The letter opener is from Holland and was purchased during our trip there in 2005. The small magnifying glass
was picked up at a flea market in London. We had the
best time chatting with the maker...the handle was fashioned from one of his great Grandfather's razors! The letter and envelope you see
was sent, from Buckingham Palace, after WW I to all the participating American forces. The one I have was sent to my Grandfather. The pocket watch was his as well...carried with
him during WW I. The small ledger was also his.
He began writing in it during training camp. He kept it all through the sea journey to Europe and well into the heart of France. It ends just
after they suffered their first casualty and the worst fighting began.
It is one of my most precious treasures.
The lace hankie was carried by my Grandmother
on her wedding day. I believe that Grandpa chose it and had it sent to her just prior to the wedding.
The WW II Ration Books belonged to Bill's
Grandfather as did the glasses and case. Family memories that mean so much to us.