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Trinket or Treasure?

img_2550By the time she realized what she had is was far too late. Too late to say thank you. Too late to notice how precious it was to Grammy Sabin. At the time of the exchange it seemed like just a useless trinket. On this day, as she held the precious brooch in the palm of her hand, she wept crocodile tears. Why hadn’t anyone mentioned the importance of this piece or the heartfelt story that preceded her taking possession. Only now on the day that Grammy would be lowered into that dark hole and soon forgotten did Auntie Lou bother to break her silence.  How could Grammy have given up this priceless piece of her past without a word of caution. She should have said, ” Lilly, put this in a very safe place and treasure it as I did for the rest of your life”. Instead she said nothing, no history, no warning, no story, not even a hint of emotion on her face.  Her silence led Lilly to believe it was just another piece of junk jewelry that didn’t fit with her teen-aged wardrobe. She barely gave it a second look before she tossed it to the bottom of the jewelry box. She never noticed the intricate painting of a temple and the message of faith or the depth of color that radiated from the beautiful stone.  She only saw what a shallow girl at the age of sixteen could see. If only she’ld known, if only she had shown some gratitude, if only she’d passed the test.  

This piece had put food on the table and saved the life of young Sabin so many decades ago. It was a great sacrifice by her mother to give up a piece that was brought back from the war and given to her in an envelope with a love letter and death certificate. Sabin remembered the tears that slide down her mother’s cheek as a haughty woman in a lavish fur wrap came to the door and claimed her new possession. At the not yet mature age of thirteen she vowed to some day reclaim this precious thing and give it back to her broken hearted mother.  The very next week she began work for the woman with the fur wrap, by scrubbing the floors and harvesting the garden. Sabin spent weeks and months and a little over a year working and saving. All the while she watched as this upper class lady went to afternoon socials and evening affairs wearing the brooch that belonged to her family. They had agreed on a price, a rather unfair amount she thought but no matter, they had a deal. But as fate would have it, the day she reached her goal came one month too late. Her mother had passed before she earned enough to get it back.  It was bitter sweet but still she treasured it like nothing else she owned.

The day Grammy Sabin transferred her ownership to Lilly, her only grandaughter, she was in the early stages of alzheimers and couldn’t recall where it came from. The story was lost and nothing was translated until now.

This story is just one example of why I love old things. One person’s trinket is another one’s treasure. You never know what stories they’ll tell.


April 5, 2009 Posted by | family woes, saga, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

My Mother-in Law is the Devil

Please welcome Shirley to the sofa.

Well that’s it. This time she has gone too far. I have to expose her but I’m not sure how I should do it. My mother-in law is a manipulative bitch and I can’t take it anymore. It started with the wedding, she made sure she was in every picture and made me step out to have a family picture done. She comes by the house while I’m at work to help out, as she calls it. She does my husbands laundry not mine just his, irons his shirts and leaves him little notes and presents in his sock drawer. 

I have put up with her for 2 years now but her last action was just too much. She recorded an argument that my husband and I had on Christmas day. This was an argument that started due to some critical comments she made about me. She hide a tape recorder in the guest bedroom before we arrived that day and now she is using that tape to turn the rest of the family against me.  Isn’t that psycho? This has got to stop but I’m not sure how to do it because my husband doesn’t see her for who she really is- the devil.

Junie: Wow what an evil ****   I guess you could start by saying you know that he loves his mom but you need a little support and tell him the things she’s done to offend you. Tell him that he needs to stand up for you before she’ll make any changes. Good luck with this one.


January 27, 2009 Posted by | family woes, Hello Miss Manners | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment