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My Grandmother's Table

Updated on October 12, 2012

It's Just An Old Table

I know that's what you're thinking right now. Looking at it, you may wonder, why in the world would you save that old thing if your house was on fire? Hopefully, when you get to the end of this lens, you'll understand why this "old table" is one of my most prized possessions.

Define A Prized Possession

A "prized possession" means something different to every person. For most people, it's family, or their pet. After you get beyond those things though, what next?

For my husband, it's his drum set, or the new HDTV he bought last summer. For my son, it would be one of his toys of course. I choose to define it differently.

After my family, or my pet, I would describe my "prized possession" as this old table from my grandmother. Only because it's one of the few things I have to remember her by. My grandmother allowed me to live very cheaply, in her basement, when I was 17, because I chose not to live with my mother and future stepfather. When I moved out of Grandma's basement, I was allowed to take everything I had been using in her basement. Everything included this antique table. It was the first table her and my grandfather had when they got married, but, because I was important to her, she allowed me to take it with me.

Yes, I do have other possessions that are probably worth more than this old table, but my grandmother has been dead since 1989, and I still miss her so much. This "old table" makes me feel like there's a little part of her that's with me all the time.

To everyone else, it's just an "old table", to me it's much more than that.

Grandma's Table

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Side view with the leaves down.Nice little drawer on the end.The top of the table.  Not in the greatest shape, but I love it anyways.
Side view with the leaves down.
Side view with the leaves down.
Nice little drawer on the end.
Nice little drawer on the end.
The top of the table.  Not in the greatest shape, but I love it anyways.
The top of the table. Not in the greatest shape, but I love it anyways.

Let me know what you think. This lens was more emotional for me to make than I thought it was going to be, but I hope you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago

      i like the table. wish i had it or one like it

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      9 years ago

      I have rarely blessed short lenses but I love that this is so distinctive as a subject. Blessed by an Angel.

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very nice explanation of the connection we can feel to those who have passed on and I can definitely relate. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I can definitely relate. I have a number of keepsakes that probably don't look like much to anyone else, but they mean something to me because of the stories and history behind them. I wrote a lens about some of those things (mementos), and I'll lensroll this to it.

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      Yvonne L B 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      What a lovely old piece and all the more valuable because of the memories of your grandmother and her love for you. I can see where it would be your most prized possession.

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      9 years ago

      It is a beautiful table!

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      9 years ago

      What a great heirloom.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      very nice!

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      9 years ago

      I get attached to things. I remember when my parents changed their dining room table, after me and my brother had left home. It held such memories: all sitting round playing games, the discussions, the disagreements. The new table is much superior to look at but hasn't got the same soul and memories of the old one.


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      9 years ago

      What a Treasure! I do hope you will get a little engraved plaque and attach it under the table where it does not show. Future generations will want to know the story of this special table. like this "Given to Shari by Grandma Susie in 2008". I know those names and dates are not correct, but you get the point. I love the table! A real family treasure!


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