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.)
I have not inherited anything directly from my female ancestors as such, but over time have been given something that was theirs. A few years after my maternal grandmother Lucy Sinclair (nee Dartnell) died my aunts gave me two English bone china cups and saucers that were from her best china. These are very pretty, decorated with pink roses and gold rimmed, but very delicate. Because they were my grandmother’s I treasure them.
Quite a few years after my paternal grandmother Jane Read (nee Stapleton) died I was given an ornament of hers that always sat in her kitchen. I remember always seeing it there whenever we visited my grandparents and after she died it still lived in the kitchen.
When my grandfather John William Read died it passed to my Dad and then he gave it to me several more years later. What is it you may be wondering? It’s about four inches high and is a plastic (I think) Mickey Mouse!
My grandparents never travelled away from their home in London so it must have been bought by them in London, probably even before I was born. As it is Mickey Mouse I think perhaps they had seen something to do with Walt Disney. When I received it, unfortunately part of Mickey’s face is missing, but there is no doubt it is him! So, as this belonged to my grandmother, I treasure it.