Can you tell I have way too much time to play on the computer?
Clare at Clare's craftroom is having Tuesday Treasures on her blog. I decided to join in but have too many treasures to mention just one so it took some thought.....
Here is my old bottle collection we joke that this is my inheritance from my Dad.
He used to bring them home from wherever he was working and they turned up when they were digging to lay concrete. He must have thought I would like them so he would always make a fuss about giving me the new 'discovery'.
There is also a really cute cupey doll in Brass (I think) that may have been a mould that he brought home too. She is special too. My father and I had an unusual relationship, I am not as close to him as I am with my mum so I did treasure these dirty bottles that needed some work to clean. They were from him.
When I got married I always said I wanted a cabinet to display these treasures and some years ago I finally got one. They went from twenty years in a box in the cupboard to pride of place. There are also some blue and white goodies that get to live with the bottles too.
Dad developed early dementia 10 years ago and now doesn't speak. He just seems to be happy laughing all the time so it appears he is content. He is still at home, looked after by mum. He loves to come here and get his cuppa and treat. He seems happy to see us as we are familiar but he hasn't spoken my name or my boys' for at least four years.
Dementia isn't as romantic as it is in the movies, there isn't any chance to say all the things you want to say. You just live to see that glint of recognition, for whatever reason and you hang on to that. It isn't good to dwell on it just accept things as they are and keep going. It is sad and cruel.
I love these bottles and wish he could tell me all over again the where and when that he found them and discuss the markings on them and so forth.
But it can't be everything is lost in the void.
Thanks Clare for the idea of the treasure posts....