Tuesday, 24 August 2010

tuesday treasures

 

This weeks Treasure is another gift from my grandmother.
When my I was around two my mum was diagnosed with cancer and given only twelve months to live. Luckily after treatment she proved them wrong and is still going strong. This must have been hard for a 20 yo with a young child but she is tough as old boots!
Anyhow...my grandmother and my aunt (dad's sister) used to share caring for me while she was in hospital and I don't remember ever going to see her in hospital- it probably wasn't the done thing back then. My nanna was a super house keeper and while she cleaned I had to sit still and not get in the way. I joke that I must have been a little 'challenged' as I did what I was told and would just sit and watch her and wait for her to finish. I would love to sit and look at her crystal cabinet and look at these little figurines. They are  less than two inches high but they were always in that cabinet. I was never allowed to touch just look.
When we got married and moved into our home she gave them to me as a gift as she always would comment how much I had loved them as a child. She also gave me her flying pheasants that used to be on the wall. I only have a few memories of that time as I was so young. I do remember getting dropped off at my aunties in the morning as my nanna had to work. It was a busy household as my aunt had four children of her own to look after. I remember going shopping with my auntie too the smell of the continental grocery store we used to visit. She had a photograph taken of me for my mum to have while in hospital. I had the most crooked fringe (courtesy of my nanna who thought she could cut a straight line!) and the saddest little face.

I am very lucky to have her around and to have had my nanna too.
Happy tuesday!
marina

11 comments:

Mistea said...

Those little figurines are gorgeous. I can understand why you were mesmerised by them as a child - that is probably the real reason you sat out of the way.

Thanks for sharing

Janice said...

What sweet little ornaments and a lovely story to go along with them. I can understand why you liked to look at them when you were little.

clare's craftroom said...

Wow you were lucky ! That is such a lovely story and the figurines really are treasures ! Thanks so much for showing us and playing along .

Aunty said...

What a great memory of your grandma. It is good that you had such a caring family when you were growing up and great that your mum survived to see you grow up.

Aunty said...

What a great memory of your grandma. It is good that you had such a caring family when you were growing up and great that your mum survived to see you grow up.

Elyte said...

Those little things become more precious as time goes on. They just don't make things like that anymore.

BubzRugz said...

Love the little figurines Marina... how amazing that your mum beat cancer and what lovely memories have been brought to the surface this week.... one thing I like about TT is getting to know people....
Hugz
Fiona

Allie said...

Oh they are beautiful! And what a touching story to go along with them - I'm so glad your mum survived! My grandmother had a cabinet full of treasures too, sadly most of them are gone - I would stand and stare at them, every visit.

Eli said...

Another beautiful post telling us about your treasures.
And another touching story of your life.
Thanks for sharing it.
Hugs.
Eli

mandapanda said...

What a terrible time it must have been for your Mum, thinking that she'd never get to see you grow up. I'm so glad she won the battle and is still going strong! What sweet treasures to remind you of what a wonderful family you have!!

Serenata said...

Gorgeous figurine and such a lovely story. I think we just did what we were told then, not like the children of today!