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The Weekly Photo Challenge topic this week is Treasure.┬áBecause I have been blogging for a while, I have already photographed and described many of my “treasures” in different contexts. I tried to come up with a couple of new ones.

I used this photo recently in a blog about my grandfather.

My "Coffee Table" -- My Mother's Toy Box

My “Coffee Table” — My Mother’s Toy Box

The “coffee table” was my mother’s toy box, made by her father, when she was a child. But here’s a close-up I took today of what is on my coffee table.

Simone's Memorial

Simone’s Memorial

It is a little memorial to my beloved cat, Simone, which includes her copper urn and a photo book with pictures of her over the years. They sit on a ceramic tray handmade by a stranger that I found in an antique store on a trip to Keene, NH. Under the tray is an old handmade doll quilt I got at an antique store on Cape Cod. Taken as a whole, my coffee table is truly the centerpiece of my living room.

This little treasure sits on another table.

My Father's "Leaf Dish"

My Father’s “Leaf Dish”

My father’s stepfather (the only grandfather I ever knew) had an entrepreneurial spirit and tried many businesses. One of them was making and painting ceramics; he and my father were going to do it together, but my grandfather died before they could get things up and running. When we cleaned out my grandparents’ house, the cellar was full of ceramic molds and unpainted ceramics, which we ended up giving away to a camp for kids. But there were a few painted ones, finished but never sold, mostly painted by my father. I see the flaws in the painting and glazing of this leaf dish, but I love it anyway, because my father’s initials are on the back…it was likely one of his early attempts. My mother has one with much neater and richer coloring –the purple color is not blotchy and pale –but I treasure this one just the same.

My Doll's Quilt

My Doll’s Quilt

Last but not least, this was a quilt I used in my doll’s crib when I was a child. Until recently I thought my mother had made it for me, and I treasured it accordingly. But in a recent conversation with my mother, I learned the true story of this treasure…it was made by my great-grandmother! I never knew that my mother had used it and passed it on to me, so it is quite old. I use it as a bureau scarf in my bedroom.

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Me with my four older brothers

Me with my four older brothers

The Weekly Photo Challenge topic is Family. I believe in unconventional families, so I’m going to respond to the topic with an unconventional post. I believe we have many “families” throughout our lives: biological families, work families, church families, etc., but the dearest family can sometimes be the one made up of our closest friends.

I love my biological family very much, but there were many times in my life that I felt very different from them. It’s hard to be the only girl amongst 6 boys and feel like you fit in. I think you find your “natural” family as you go through your life and meet people with the same interests.

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.

Richard Bach

One of my best friends is a childhood friend. We have been friends for 50 years. I don’t have children, but her daughter is the closest thing to my own daughter that I can have, not only because she is the daughter of a beloved friend, but because we have a LOT in common. She is a bright, thoughtful young woman who loves art, animals, and taking pictures…the same things that I love! Lately the three of us have spent a lot of time together, taking walks and taking pictures. So…I’m sharing pictures of this special “family.”

My Picture-Taking Family

My Picture-Taking Family Taking Photos of Normal Rockwell’s Studio

Jenny and I both taking pictures of the same scene...from two different angles...

Jenny and I both taking pictures of the same scene…from two different angles…

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It’s great that the latest Daily Post topic intends us to use a gallery to display what makes us happy. There are so many things that make me happy: my family, my kitties, tea, books, gardening and flowers, Christmas, and writing!

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