Thursday, 21 January 2010

Take a seat!

You'll have heard of My Grandfather's Clock?
Well, this is my grandmother's chair.

Cute, isn't it?

I've been racking my brains since Tuesday to come up with an object for my own 'mo-meme'. (If you haven't got a clue what I'm talking about, it's all been inspired by the BBC History of the World series). I thought it'd be easy. Although I'm not materialistic, I've got a few treasured items. I thought selecting one would be a doddle. But which one? And how to tell the story? This was proving harder than I'd thought. I owe an apology in advance to everyone I've tagged (although some seem to have had no trouble whatsoever). If your house was burning down and you had time to choose just one possession, which one would it be?

Actually, talk of burning houses is a little glib. A friend's mother recently had a fire in her kitchen; the resulting smoke and water damage pretty much destroyed her house. And let's not forget those Haitian's whose houses were destroyed in a matter of a moments movement of the earth's tectonic plates. If you haven't yet, you can still donate to Bloggers for Haiti. Every little helps.

But back to the chair. Grandma was given this when she was three for being a 'good girl'. She was born at Snainton, between Malton and Scarborough, in a little cottage that she always pointed out to us when we drove past. Whether the chair was given to her there, or in Hull where the family lived for a while, or in Malton where my great-grandfather established himself as a tailor I don't know. What I do know is that it was 'coverted' into a babies feeding chair, perhaps for my great-aunt, and then served my father as a child's chair, then me, my sister, my daughter and now my son. Nothing else that I can think of has the same direct connection with so many generations. Nothing else so old is still in daily use. Charlie regularly sits on it. In fact, in did service at his birthday party last weekend as well. Here's one of Charlie's friends enjoying it's 100 year-old comforts. And she's got her feet up on a table that won't last half as long!

But that's the thing about an object like this, isn't it? It has a value far beyond it's use, it resonates with four generations worth of history and - thankfully - it was built to last as well.

Pity the same can't be said of that table!
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