Thursday, May 24, 2012

Something of His

As many of you know my grandad passed away in February. While I couldn’t be at his funeral, my heart was with my mom and dad who took the trip to England to say goodbye.   Justin had the opportunity to meet my grandad only once when we visited in 2006. In the week we spent with him Justin learned a lot about him and admired him greatly. Justin always wanted to go back and visit him, but it wasn’t to be.
A few weeks after his funeral Justin mentioned he wished he had asked my parents to bring back one of my grandad’s match stick models. There were six or seven of them that my grandad had made over the years. I said while it would be nice to have one, I can’t imagine it would have survived travelling all this way.
Well, guess what arrived in the mail a few weeks ago:




Yes, that is one of my grandad’s models. My dad told his sister that we would really like to have one of the models and she kindly packaged it up carefully and mailed it to us. It arrived in two pieces, one of the wheels broke off, but we fixed it with a little bit of glue, and it looks just perfect.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have another piece of handmade work from my grandad. Thanks so much for sending it Aunt Ann, we will treasure it forever.

24 comments:

  1. OH! You made me tear up! That is so great that you have that! Just a little something to hold close to the heart!

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    1. Sorry Melissa, I didn't mean to do that. It is really wonderful to have it. My dad is making a special case for us to store and display it in.

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  2. That is truly incredible! What a wood worker he was.

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    1. Thanks KC, he was very talented that is for sure.

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  3. Beautiful work, and such a nice thing to have! My mother died 5 years ago and it has been fun sharing her art work with my daughter (she was a painter, as well as overall crafter).

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    1. Thanks! I am really looking forward to sharing it with Reece as he gets older and understands a little more about what it all means. We are so lucky to have such treasures.

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  4. Wow, he must have been a very talented and patient man. What a beautiful treasure!


    ps I am really sorry about your grandad.

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  5. This is beautiful, what a treasure to have.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, it will hold a special place in our home forever.

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  6. That is so special! I'm so glad you have something that he made!

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    1. It is very special. We actually have another piece of his art too. He also did tapestry and we are lucky enough to have one of them in our home. It is beautiful too.

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  7. Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your granddad. Your aunt was so kind to package that beautiful model up and send it your way, what an amazing piece of art! I know your family will look upon it and think of your granddad and that's keeps the love alive!

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    1. Thanks Tracey, and yes, she was so wonderful sending it to us. It is very special to us.

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  8. Oh that is a sweet momento of your grandad! glad it found its way to you.

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  9. Oh, Kim...what a treasure! Your granddad was a talented man.

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  10. i can just imagine how excited you were to receive this in the mail... i was very close to my grandparents and i treasure all of their handmades that i so luckily received after their deaths. little pieces of their souls, you know?

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