Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 6: Heirlooms


March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

This is a trunk that my grandmother, Verona Straka Figlar, brought with her from Slovakia when she arrived in America in 1922.

In this trunk, my grandmother carried all of her worldly possessions: two or three dresses, a goose-feather quilt, a few family photographs, and her prayer book. I wonder how she managed this on such a long journey? If the trunk could talk, what stories would it reveal? It is a true family treasure.



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2 comments:

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

What a great treasure to have! I'm sure it was terribly heavy, but I bet she would have carried it anywhere to ensure she had some pieces of home.

Smadar Belkind Gerson said...

I'm amazed your family managed to keep the trunk for so long. My mother had a similar one she brought with her to Israel when she moved in 1967. It wasn't nearly as old. I loved it! She painted it to match my bedroom and we used it as a toy chest. Somehow, it got discarded! How I wish I still had it!
Thank you so much for these wonderful prompts! I'm really enjoying working on them!