This week the "assignment" was to take a picture of something with sentimental value and to tell the story behind it. I considered a lot of things (the strand of pearls from Peter, a diamond necklace from my mom/grandma, the o-ring I wore before Peter and I were officially engaged, a handmade quilt), but I finally settled on my little Pilgrim girl pin.
It's not a very long or exciting story, but it's still special to me. My family moved to Tennessee six years before I came along, so I was the only person in my family who was not born in Oklahoma. My grandfathers had passed away and both of my grandmothers still lived a thousand miles away, which meant that I didn't get a lot of face time with them. On my birthday and at Christmas I would get a card with money, but that's just not the same as spending time with your grandparents. However, receiving a piece of mail addressed to me was always exciting - I still feel the same way when I get a notice that someone has commented on the blog! One autumn - out of the blue - I got a small package from my paternal grandmother, and inside was this little Pilgrim pin. My grandma wrote a note that said this little pilgrim girl reminded her of me. Even though the girl was blond and I have always had dark brown hair, I can still see why. Isn't it obvious? She's holding a pumpkin! The pin is almost twenty-five years old now, and I still wear it around Thanksgiving. My grandmother passed away last summer, but I still think of her each time I pull this pin out. It's a good memory that has lasted a lot longer than a card with money in it ever did.