This and That

posted on: 4.01.2015

Today I toast the old, the antique. The items that were continuously considered precious or just interesting enough to keep, and thus surpassed generations.

-The first I found in my parent's storage unit. I assume it was once my grandparents' but beyond that I know nothing. I do know it has the sweetest drawing and a wonderful frame. The glass is slightly ill-fitted and it wiggles when moved, but the hand carved wood is sturdy and a model of supreme craftsmanship. My favorite detail is the old hook on the backside, a spun wire stretched to limits. I can only imagine the walls it once inhabited.

-When asked, "If you had to take one item if your house was on fire what would it be?" My answer is always, this crucifix. Although I am confident it could survive that sort of unfortunate event. This, my friends, is my most prized possession. It was my great-great grandfather's (Pepé Michélon) who carried it with him all through WWI. He fought in the trenches at the Battle of Verdun and with this cross, he survived. I don't know how versed you are on your 20th c. European History but Verdun was one of the bloodiest battles of WWI with somewhere between 700,000-1,000,000 casualties. After the War Pepé Michélon eventually gave the crucifix to my grandmother, and she to me. It is my good luck charm.

So now my turn to ask the question, "If you had to take one item if your house was on fire what would it be?"

17 comments:

  1. ...besides my daughter, a letter my grandfather had written me just before he passed! 19 years later and I still find myself reading it when I need a pick me up!

    That is such an amazing story! To have something like that is precious!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  3. Hi Honey😘 I thought you knew but the window on the upper right of the picture is the room my Mom was born in:)

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  4. I love that you owned such sentimental pieces, I never did have anything like these. My MIL has been giving me some family heirlooms though so I guess those would be the stuff that I would try to save in case of a fire.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  5. This is such a wonderful post! The items are so beautiful...and I really enjoyed reading about the story behind the crucifix! If there was a fire, I would grab my box of letters and card I've received from friends and family. :)

    http://ourruins.com

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  6. Love the cross! What history behind it..amazing. Plus a reminder of what Jesus did for us, especially around this time of year.

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  7. What beautiful memories :) Thank you so much for sharing this. I have no idea what I would grab - probably my jewelry box because each piece has a memory.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  8. Wow, I love the history and significance behind the crucifix. I don't have an item that has as much meaning as yours so I would have to say that I would save my three pups hehe :)

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  9. This is so great! That is such an awesome history behind this! I would save this one broken wooden pictures of Jesus an Mary that my grandmother passed to me. Although I am not completely religious myself, it was passed down through the family and brought over here from Greece and I have taken it to every country I have traveled to! Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  10. Wowwwwwww I think I would be running through a burning building for that crucifix too! What amazing history! That picture is too cute too! Love finding treasures!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  11. A tough question! I try not to get too attached to anything material and I don't have precious family items like these... How interesting that you know of Verdun and the history. It's not too far away from where I live. Respect to your great-great-grandfather!

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  12. These pieces are great really, to be honest I don't think about that. But now I think about one piece from my grandpa - a microphone.. may be this is one of my precious items..
    Thanks for inspiring me...
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

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  13. It is so pretty, and I love the story behind it.
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  14. What an incredible story about the crucifix! Some strength behind that piece, in so many ways.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  15. Great story behind the crucifix... for me it would be my cat.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  16. Wow, two new favorite stories from you. Your grandpa sounds so incredible!! We feel so put on the spot lol, totally blanking on what one thing we'd grab from the house in a fire. We'll get back to you on that ;)

    xx 365Hangers

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