Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Priceless Gift

Today I recieved my package from Marie's Giveaway in the mail. Don't you love to get mail that has postage stamps on it instead of being run through a postage meter.  Marie sent this package from Germany, so  these are stamps we don't see everyday. 

Carefully, I opened the envelope and this is what I saw.
Top left is the sweetest pocket with a wire handle embellished with ribbon and pearls.
A vintage Bingo Card. Skeleton Key, Old photos, A Ledger sheet,
A Feather, old optical lens, microscope slide charm, ribbon ,silk flower,
The other side of the slide pendant,
And this stack of letters written in German and tied with a vintage piece of lace.
I have a German friend and I will have her read the letters to me.

In my thank you to Marie, I told her my father's parents were both from Germany. As I was opening this gift I could feel the presence of my Grandmother with me. It was if she wanted me to see more than what was in front of me.  In the photos I wondered what kind of  life these people had.  In the letters I thought of my Grandmother leaving Germany and writing home to a dear friend she was missing.  My Grandmother has been gone for more than 20 years, but for a while today she was at my side and my heart was filled with her presence and love.  The Grandmother that taught me to knit as I sat facing her, because I am left handed and  could mock the movement of her hands.  Whose knitting needles and knitting patterns (written in her hand) are in my workroom.  She was here and we shared the treasures Marie had so loving sent my way.

Thank you Marie for a gift that was indeed priceless.



Cindy said...

What a special package, for many reasons...but especially for bringing you closer to your Grandmother. My Grandmother has been gone for about the same amount of time (and her parents were from Germany too!), and I sure miss her dearly...and wish I paid more attention when she taught me to crochet or sew... but back then my mind was on other things. Oh to have a bit of her wisdom and guidance again! Thanks for sharing this special package from Germany!

soggybottomflats said...

Oh my gosh Debbie, that post was wonderful! What treasures you received, especially the ones in your heart. You made me choke up a bit here, Elaine

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Wow...what a treasure trove! And what a lovely story of your Grandmother. You know you've got the creative bug bad when you look at that envelope as a potential project :)

mya said...

Such an interesting array of treasures. In stores I am always drawn to the old photographs and post cards.
A nice way to have memories of you grandmother surround you.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a lovely package to receive, but even better was the memories it gave back to you. I'm quite sure your grandmother was indeed looking over your shoulder.

Sharon said...

Oh what a wonderful give a way you won. You have so many treasures to find a new home for. I am late saying hi to a sorority sister. I had company last week and just wanted to say hi and thank you for the visit to my cottage. I will be back very soon.

Pam Kellogg said...

Debbie, what a lovely blog you have! Thanks for following me. I added a link to your blog in my blog list! I will be back. Have lots to catch up on here!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Debbie,
so glad I could bring back the memories of your grandmother. Grandmothers are so special.
Your story is so special to me, in particular
since we're leaving on two continents for the time beeing.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What grand snail mail!

Monday I have a fun post planned and Wednesday is a giveaway, so come on by!

Mollye said...

What a great mail day indeed. Hope your 4th was happy. Ours was peaceful and we're doing better each day. God is good and my bloggy sisters are awesome. Thanks for the love, Mollye

Christine LeFever said...

A piece of mail that lovely is indeed the turning back of the clock for just a little while. And now you can forge ahead with the greatest of inspirations. All good grandmothers are just that, and such a dose of essential medicine to grandchildren. Your grandmother was wonderful to reverse the scene for you to learn how to knit. Pure delight!


Rebecca said...

Wow...beautiful indeed! The best kind of mail...

Love to you~


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Debbie--you must have been so excited!!! What beautiful things she sent you...amazing!
And I was so surprised that you said you found a robin's egg...that is so precious...How beautiful it must have been!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
I just popped over to say "good morning!" Have a blessed day.

Something Special said...

What a beautiful post and you are lucky to recieve such wonderful little momentos from Germany. I am looking for more participants to my Holiday Magic Christmas in July swap. come check it out and see if you would like to participate.

Evi said...

what a lovely gift to receive!
I was born and raised in Germany. Funny, I just read letters that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother, or Omi and Opa.
And now we are Omi and Opa to our two grandchildren. It is nice to remember our time spend with grandparents.
Hope you find out, what the letters say.
Have a great day, Evi

Jeanneoli said...

I agree about the stamps!!! What a gorgeous bunch of treasures!!

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Dearest Debbie ~ Thank you so much for your good wishes for my Grandmother and for stopping by my blog.Yours is just filled with great stuff ~ I just became a follower.
Lots of Love, Terri

Seth said...

What a great and generous gift!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't believe I've never been to your blog before, even though you have left me countless thoughtful comments. I'm just like you when it comes to postage. I love packages that have collage fodder in the form of postage stamps, whether from another country or not. Of course, if it's from another country, it's even more special. You really hit it big with your two wonderful giveaway wins. I never win anything, so you will have to win that book from Seth for me (grin).

Theresa said...

Oh what a special gift. Memories are so precious! Thanks for paying me a visit! Have a blessed day. Hugs!

Barbara Jean said...

Great prizes you won Debbie1!

Thanks for joining in on my celebration game finding the clocks, and for all your nice comments.

barbara jean

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