Friday, August 13, 2010

Very Late Treasure Chest Thursday Post

It’s hard to believe that I’ve blogged for over a year and this will be my first post for Treasure Chest Thursday, I think, and even it's not actually being posted on Thursday but Friday AM.


My first post for this meme is about one of my mother’s most prized possessions, this simple green lamp. I’m sure you are wondering, what’s so special about this lamp. Well, what makes this lamp special, is the stories it holds and the memories it evokes in my mother.



First, before the days of every household having electricity, when my mother was growing up, it was one of the few sources of light in my grandparent’s house. Back then, the light emitted from this lamp was through kerosene / oil and not electricity. My mother spent many an evening attending to her studies by the light of this lamp. Momma often jokes that it’s a wonder they didn’t go blind straining to see through the smokey glow. Me personally, I’m amazed at the fortitude of mom.

Second and probably what holds the most significance for my mother, the lamp was a wedding present. My maternal grandfather was a tenant farmer all his working days. My grandparents never had a lot of money but what they had they managed well. So, when my parents decided to get married, there were no funds for a small wedding, much less a big lavish wedding, but granddad still wanted to give something to his daughter, so he took the old kerosene / oil lamp and had it wired for electricity. (Aunt Lucille received a similar present on her wedding day. Hers was clear). If you look closely, you can see the remnants of its former life (the fill hole, the mantel, etc.)


9 comments:

  1. Great story Mavis, it makes me think about my grandmother's piano.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This was a beautiful story, as beautiful as the lamp itself. What a great treasure!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mavis,

    What a beautiful lamp and memories. I collect kerosene lamps and have one similar to yours. May the lamp continue to give light to your family for several generations.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a wonderful memory. The lamp is very nice. The story it holds is a true treasure.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a wonderful heirloom. It reminds me of the things of my mother's that are precious to me, but no one else would understand why I treasure them unless they knew the stories behind them.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great story about the "simple life" and how small things were appreciated. Reminds me of my maternal grandmother's old cedar chest; containing all the treasured "family heirlooms" and other important papers & documents.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you all for the comments. Whenever I'm at my mother's house, I always smile every time I walk by this lamp.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's a lovely lamp and they story just makes it more beautiful. Thank you for sharing this family treasure with us!

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a beautiful story for a very interesting lamp. I hope you and your descendents enjoy it for many generations to come!

    ReplyDelete

Comments posted on Georgia Black Cracker are moderated and will be approved only if they are on-topic and not abusive.