Weekly Photo Challenge: Now


I found these lovely, time-worn 50s ornaments at the thrift store this past Wednesday for one dollar. I was drawn to them, felt the need to pick each one up individually, to somehow channel their history: How many little hands marveled at their bright colors, “ohd” and “ahd” over their shine against the twinkling lights, or  felt the trepidation of hanging one while mom looked on? Did grandmother have to place them near the top since they were becoming fragile? Was the cat eyeing the green one where he spied his reflection? Was the striped one someone’s favorite? How many versions of Silent Night had been sung around them? How long did they wait for Christmas morning to arrive to the squeals of surprise as wishes were made true?

Who gave them up?

Now they are mine. And I vow to lovingly take care of them as they have been taken care of for the past sixty years until such time when some lucky person discovers them wrapped carefully in a box in my attic.

Daily Gratitude: a great family meal; the dill growing in December; arriving home safely

Quote of the Day:

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2015.

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

  1. I just love old fashioned Christmas ornaments. With their imperfections they make the tree look more real, somehow : )

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  3. I have ornaments just like these hanging on my tree now. I have a set of these and I even have my parents wedding bells from 74. So neat that these made it through time and are now in good hands.

  4. Love these ornaments! I have some from my childhood and they had belonged to my mother. I was reading your post and was thinking exactly what you wrote – who gave them up? Where did they come from? Given their age and fragility, how did they make it to 2015? We will never know their history but now they are in good hands!

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