This year, Sian has invited us all to pick our precious items & share their stories on the first Sunday of each month.
Mums Musical Box
The very first thing that came to mind was something that is older than I am & belonged to my Mum. As a little girl I would spend a lot of time playing with this very ordinary item, that seemed magical to me then!
I always thought of it as a musical jewellery box. It has a key in the lower roof that still makes a very pleasing ratchet sound as it’s wound & then plays a very pretty tune, quickly at first & then more slowly as the mechanism winds down!
It’s a little Swiss chalet with rocks on the roof & flowers in the window box & those two little red toadstools used to fascinate me! I used to imagine what the inside would be like if I could only open up that little wooden door? Silly really, as the whole roof lifts on hinges & I could easily see my Mums earrings & trinkets inside!!
Those two wooden pine trees were originally painted green but have faded over the years! This little house was the backdrop to many imaginative games I would play, seated at my Mums dressing table in the bay window of my parents bedroom.
When my Mum passed away in 1994, it was the thing I asked my Dad for as a keepsake & I learned that it was, in fact, a cigarette box & was the first gift he ever bought her, when they were courting. The tune it plays is ‘Night & Day’ which was their tune & now, of course, I recognise it & can sing along!
As my boys grew up, it sat on my dressing table & they were allowed to play with it too, carefully of course, because it is so precious!
So that’s my first story for 2013…why not pop over to ‘From High In The Sky’ & share your precious story…& check out some of the other great stories there too…you’ll be glad you did!!
Thanks for stopping by…Happy New Year…& come back soon!