At about the time that we were doing the dining and lounge furniture, my much loved, bachelor Uncle passed away and PJ and I ended up with a garage full of my darling Grandmother’s furniture pieces.
Whilst Grandma owned nothing of real money value, I had expressed a desire to have one piece, if possible – Grandma’s ‘best’ dresser. This had sat in her lounge room and had housed all of her ‘special things’ – all of the little mementos accumulated while another of her sons toured the world in the Australian Navy, as well as photos of the rest of her family. Every Xmas, Dad, my brothers and I would go and decorate the lounge room for Grandma – she loved to have it nice for Xmas when other family members visited – so the crepe paper streamers, tinsel, balloons and Xmas baubles would all appear.
We would carefully wash and dust her precious items, photos of her other sons and their families, and the Council Certificates of War Service that hung proudly on the wall for three of her seven boys. We would polish her much loved ‘Alkoomie’ name plate at the front door, wash the windows etc etc.
Anyway, long story, but we ended up with the dresser – and all those wonderful family memories live on……
PJ knew how much it meant to me, so he virtually rebuilt the special dresser. It was hand built many years ago, and the years (especially since Grandma had passed away) had taken their toll, but the lovely Australian White Cedar timber responded to PJ’s loving care.
It now sits proudly in our family room, housing all of the games, puzzles and toys for our grandchildren to enjoy.
I know my Grandma would love that!
Until next time