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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Something Old

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2011

This is my grandfather's cane.  A man I never knew.  My mother's father, who passed away when she was only 11 years old.  For all of these years it has been kept, as a cherished remembrance of this important family member.  I've taken the seam out of the cane wrapping cloth and washed it by hand in Woolite.  It continued to disintegrate in my hands.  
There are many holes and shreds of fabric hanging off.  
It is as fragile as our history...as our memories of one another...of life itself.

9 comments:

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Dear Nancy--What a sweet cherishing gesture your words and the picture convey.

handstories said...

oh, the things you are uncovering! i wonder if you might make a new covering for the cane & use the old wrapping cloth in a stitched remembrance piece, maybe a piece that includes some of your other finds during this process? your heart must be full to bursting.

Nancy said...

Michelle- :) Thanks

Cindy- I know, huh?! There is so much to find! I would like to stitch on this...the many holes are so attractive! I was thinking of using the cane to hang something From. That idea has been in my head for years and now here is a cane! Plus there is a plain black (kind of boring looking) one that was my grandmother's.

jude said...

coverings, they are so kind in a way. selfless.

Ingrid said...

So fragile, like life, history before you.

woman with wings said...

Nancy, I never knew of such a thing -- was the cover made for the cane after he passed or did people just used to have cane covers? This is a really neat memento of him. I love it. I guess you could sew a new one if this one continues to fall apart?

Nancy said...

Jude- yes, just there for us aren't they?

Ingrid- Yes, if I do stitch this it will need lots and lots of stitches to hold it together.

Peggy- It's been on the cane as long as I can remember. Funny, to me it just is, because it always was. So, it is not surprising to have a cover for his cane.

Velma said...

nancy, a wonderful homage to one so honored. by the way, throw out your woolite. use orvis or ivory liquid instead. woolite is too strong for delicates.

Nancy said...

Velma- Thanks for the tip. I will check those two out and see if I can tolerate the scent. That's part of the reason I've used the Woolite, plus I had it in the house! :)