These three objects were given to me by my Dad. My Dad passed away a little over twelve years ago and I still miss him as if it were yesterday. Dad didn't have a lot growing up and he wasn't much of a materialistic person so that makes these little treasures he passed on to me even more sentimental.
The ring in the center above belonged to my Grandfather. I never knew him because he passed away before I was even born. A few years ago I traced my family genealogy back some eleven generations to the early 1700's. My Grandfather went by a nickname and I had only heard his given name which turned out to be his middle name. Through this research I learned that without knowing I had named my son the same first name as my Grandfather. How cool is that! The ring and a ceramic jug are the only things I have from my Grandparents.
I do not know where the watch above came from with any certainty. My Dad gave it to me when my son was born. My Dad was a quiet man and didn't talk very much. It was also hard for him to express his feelings. It was the day after my son was born and I was in the hospital. At my bedside my Dad handed me the watch. He looked at me and said 'I didn't have very much to give you but I wanted to give you something.' He handed me the watch. I had begun collecting things for a country home and he knew my love of old things. It was old and I knew he treasured it. I didn't want to take it. He told me he wanted me to have it. I think he knew I would take care of it. It is now set to the time my son was born.
The coin you see is what they call a Barber Quarter. It was minted in 1914. My Dad gave it to me on the birth of my daughter. He thought it didn't compare to the watch but again he wanted to give me something that belonged to him not something new. I don't know what the coin is worth. I know some Barber Quarters have sold in the thousands. I've never had mine appraised. It doesn't matter. To me, it is priceless.
I'm going to go over to Robert's Thoughts of a Father and sign Mr.Linky so he knows I've posted my photos. And Robert, you better have a box of tissues waiting. I need one and this is only MY post.
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