Friday, August 26, 2016

Eight Minute Memoir- Small Things

          Small Things Can Connect Us To The Past

     My mother had very few things that came with her from Germany. Coming by ship gave us a limit to the poundage we could take. She did bring her feather beds which I find amusing. Sleeping accessories were different in the United States. We never used a top sheet because our feather beds had a cover. There were down feather beds for winter and damask comforters for summer. 

     I inherited the pictured bracelet. Mother wore it on Sundays along with a spritz of 4711 Cologne. I can't really tell if it was expensive, but is does need polishing now and then. Tiny, thin flowers with vines are etched into the metal and are worn smooth. When I wear the bracelet I feel dressed up. I was an adult before I realized that my mother was a wee bit vain. She was the only sister who got her hair cut short regularly. Actually, she cut it herself, as she removed the bristly rollers from her hair. She would hold the hair just pulled free from the roller and cut it just a tiny bit. I can see her before my eyes. Feeling the little gold thing on my arm makes that happen.

I am joining Ann Dee Ellis and other writers in using a prompt to record some memoir moments.


  1. I have my Mom's bottle of Chanel #5. Every time I open the bottle it brings back such good memories.

  2. how wonderful you have not only those memories but that lovely bracelet. When I went to Germany, they still make their beds that way, even in the hotels. And the hotels would fold the feather bed way down to the foot of the bed all day long to "air it out".

  3. This was a fun read. I wonder if I might have German mixed among my European ancestry, because I never use a top sheet either. Thank you for visiting my blog. It was refreshing to find a friendly word amongst all the spam. :)


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