Daily Prompt: Hand-Me-Downs. Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.
The things handed down in my family are utilitarian things; bibles and kettles, tools and tackle boxes.
This set of wool carders belonged to my great-grandmother. Once upon a time she sat by the fireplace of an evening and carded wool for spinning. It was a precious scene in my grandmother’s memory.
My grandmother kept the set forever in a box under her bed and I’ve kept them forever in a box under my bed. I doubt that my son or daughter will comply with this tradition. I don’t want the carders to end up in a second-hand store or a donation box , unknown and unloved.
I’m thinking about sending them to a cousin who knew Great-grandmother and who would value the fact that Her hands held these tools. The cousin I have in mind is one who spins a potter’s wheel and makes goat cheese and beautiful Hardanger fiddles. Maybe he or his wife would actually use the carders. Maybe he would keep them in a box under the bed. Maybe he would know someone else in the family who would keep them in a box under the bed.
If I send the carders away, I’ll miss them. I like having them. They’re treasure. Holding them is almost like holding Her hand.
But that’s silly, isn’t it?