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The Past

by Kay~Kacey on 8/15/2009

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When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. ~Bob Hope

These were my grandfather’s keys. They have always fascinated me. I’m sure you’ve seen them in other photos I’ve taken for the blog. I love these keys. Now, it wouldn’t have taken a MacGyver to pick the locks that they keys went to, I’m sure. I’m not even sure why he had all these keys. My grandparents lived in a small, small Iowa town. I’m pretty sure they never locked a door a day in their lives…

Nonetheless, these hold a connection to my past. They were hanging on a peg in the old wooden cabinet. I would take them out and play with them when I went to visit my grandparents. They intrigued me, so unlike the “big city” keys we used. I’m not sure why I kept them. Why I chose them out of all of the possessions my grandparents had. I now keep them in the drawer by my computer. I take them out and mindlessly finger them when I’m thinking. I love the rusty ones, the ones that are still shiny and polished from use. I run my fingers over the rough ones, the smooth ones. I wonder what they opened? A house long gone? A cabinet sitting in an old barn now? Why DID he have all these keys?

Just looking at them makes me smile. Takes me back to days long since tucked deep in my memories. Homemade ice cream, shuffle board, croquet on the lawn with wooden balls with most of the color worn off of them. The smack of those wooden croquet balls as someone would send mine flying across the yard. Quiet nights sitting on their front porch. Lazy Sunday afternoons after going to their small town church and coming home to a big midday meal. The street lamp light filtering through the huge tree at the end of their drive. Mainstreet lined in bricks. Fireflies.

Do you have something like that? Something you treasure that is guaranteed to bring those memories sliding back to the present? Memories that you allow yourself to luxuriate in for just a few moments, before allowing them to slip back into the recesses of your mind? What are your “grandfather’s keys”?

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LauraP August 15, 2009 at 7:17 am

Ah, great post! Just the mention of croquet takes me back to my childhood and those summer evening games on either my great-aunt & uncle’s lawn or next door on Great-grandma Flora’s. A ball of string takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. But touchpoints I keep at hand? That would have to be the well-worn buffalo nickels my daughters found for me when they were teenagers working the till at restaurants. (Yes, people really do spend those things – mindboggling, eh?)

Journey August 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

Wonderful post!! Chiming wall clocks always remind me of visits to my grandparent’s home. Grandpa did not have good health and tinkered with fixing watches and clocks. There were always a multitude of clocks hanging that needed repair. Those wonderful chimes going off on the half-hour and hour were so musical. I can remember running into the living and waiting for the music to begin. One of my fondest memories.

annbb August 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

My grandmother’s necklace. Tho it’s a piece of costume jewelery, to me it was a 10 karat emerald. As I grew older, I knew it wasn’t ~real~, but it was more than ~real~ to me because it was my grandmother’s. Imagine how thrilled I was when she gave it to me when I married. I treasure it to this day and all I have to do is look at it and she’s right here with me.
Thank you, Kacey, for dredging up such sweet memories!

Hmmm….I feel an entire grandparents post coming on…

annbb August 15, 2009 at 9:05 am

Oh yes! This is a most wonderful post, my friend! :clap:

Shari August 18, 2009 at 9:10 am

I have quilts my grandmother made. Just looking at them makes me feel warm and cozy and loved.

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