My mother didn't have money to buy knick knacks.
She told me that when I asked her one time.
She said she would have liked to have had a collection of Hummels,
but they had gotten too expensive to even think about.
Add to this mix two grandchildren who wanted to pick out a gift
for their beloved Grandma Shirley
at every special occasion . . .
and . . .
The Precious Moments Collection
She finally got so many ( her sister bought her some too)
that she had to buy a special shelf for them.
I even enrolled her in the Precious Moments' Club,
so every year she received a membership figurine.
She made it clear that I was to get the collection
when she was gone and Dad no longer wanted or needed them.
He kept them through two moves, but gave them to me
when he was moving to an assisted living room.
When Mother died, I had the kids each choose one figurine
to take and keep.
I have considered giving them to my daughter,
but parting with my parents' special things
is something I'm not good at
(and I'm not sure I want to be).
So it is understood
that Sara will receive the collection when I die.
I can imagine her kids helping her carefully unpack
and put it in a spot in the shelf unit
(that is now a part of the collection).
The two boys were given at separate times and were either chosen by Doug or represented him (esp. the first one).
This one represents Sara.
She had a special bunny when she was little.
Mom finally made her copies from my pink-checked robe.
(We thought the original pink-checked bunny
reminded her of me in my robe which she saw me in often
as she was awake a lot at night.)
This was a present from Sara and her family
when I visited them in Texas two years ago.
The couple represents Papa Roy and Grandma Shirley.
For more views on collections,
hop on over to Francesca's.