A LASTING GIFT

MOST OF YOU can’t go with me in time back to 1949, the date of the picture in the middle top. I don’t remember the guy in the picture; that has no importance. I am looking to see if I had a wrist watch on my arm. I think not. No, there is none.

Aw, there is one on the night of my Senior Banquet and Prom. I’m steppin’ out in my pretty dress. Going to the Banquet; my folks would pick me up after the meal and entertainment. I don’t hang around for dancing. Hey, notice the watch on my arm.

Next picture in time sequence is the far right. Here I am all dressed up again. I’m sure for church this time. The trees indicate the time and place. Campmeeting at Woodland Park, Colo. in June/July 1951. How do I know the year. Because of the watch on my arm.

Middle picture. Dating Sammy. No trees in view. We were college Sophomores that year. I had a watch to keep me punctual.

Bottom left. Hum. Getting serious. Trees in full leaf. Wedding time is drawing near. Still sporting that watch.

Middle at bottom. I’ve been a mom nigh on to six years. Still have the watch.

And I still have that watch!

Best I remember, and the pictures bear out, that my daddy bought the watch for me for graduation, 1951. I think he bought it in Denver, probably at a pawn shop. So the watch’s beginning might have been a year or so before 1951. 😀 It is a Lady Elgin. One of millions bought by the middle class because it was neither cheap nor expensive. But it was beautiful, classy, and modern.

The watch appeared on my desk today. I asked how it got there. Roger (son) said he brought it in from the shed. How did it get to the shed? I have no idea but I’m glad it didn’t get dumped in the rebuilding and clean out of the shed. I know I have had it in my memory treasures for most of these years. Didn’t know how important it was to me until I find how close I was to losing it!

There is a lesson there isn’t there? Don’t take a chance on losing your valued possessions because you assume they are tucked away safely in a secure place. Now why did that make me think of voting? I’m voting; I’m voting for President Trump; he values what I value. I’m going to do my best to keep the treasures I have largely taken for granted, never knowing how close they are to being lost.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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20 Responses to A LASTING GIFT

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how that watch stayed with you for many years. And it was almost lost.

    I have largely taken those treasured values for granted as well, but hopefully no longer. I also voted for Trump, as you know, but I say it again for anyone else who might read this.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks, Frank. Truth is more important to you than current political trends and polls. To a thinking man!

  3. marymtf says:

    Insta, am I missing something? Where are the pictures?

  4. marymtf says:

    I don’t have Facebook, and so far no pictures except for the watch alone. Ah, well, I’ll have to imagine.
    PS Sorry for the typo, Oneta. 🤭

    • oneta hayes says:

      I didn’t recognize what the typo was so didn’t pay attention. I know spell check does unexplainable things sometimes. Not I see it was my name. Funny. Sorry that your receiver is not doing the picture. I’m not tech enough to have any suggestions. Thanks for reading and for the comments. Is it getting cold in my part of the country right now. Brrr

  5. Faye says:

    I enjoyed the story and your pics, I hope indeed you do not lose in USA what is your greatest historical treasures ,Faith/Freedom. From afar we have watched in horror what has been unfolding. Personal feelings aside I have to believe Trump is your only way forward. A minefield if socialism wins.

    • oneta hayes says:

      No only hurt our country but many countries and people who look to US for help. I’m encouraged. But ready for the Lord what ever he wills. I am confident his people here are praying but open to his soon coming if that is what needs to be done to bring His return. Thanks for caring.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    I will be voting the same, Oneta. And “watching” with hopeful anticipation on election night. Let’s pray together our values don’t get thrown away, along with your shed! HUGS!!

    • oneta hayes says:

      America’s shed does need a cleaning out. I’m seeing more possibility for that with Barrett’s confirmation tomorrow, I hope. But If Biden gets in that evil will be even more ranpant if he stacks the court, which he will. There are no maneuvers the Dems won’t take advantage of. No body gives thought to the fact that Trump and the Republican Senate right now could do that. Just name three more Justices. Nope. The Republicans play fair! You will enjoy my blog for tomorrow on Sunday’s Left-overs. God will come through.

  7. Salvageable says:

    I love looking at family photographs–anybody’s family! Thanks for sharing. J.

  8. I still have a grandmother’s watch— the one she wore out for very special occasions— and being married to a jeweler who is a watch guy by trade and degree( horologist)- we tend to hold on the watches of days gone by!!!

  9. I like your clarity of thoughts. I have only voted once and it was under pressure.

  10. Ken isom says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the precious things in our lives. I too am going to vote and I pray for our country. Love you Oneta.

  11. ghostmmnc says:

    I have a hard time throwing keepsakes away, so it was nice to see your watch. I believe I have the same one, but a different band.
    Wishing you a lovely week, Oneta! 🙂

  12. grAnnie Roo says:

    What a great story, Oneta! I’m not sure how they came to me, but I have several ladies wrist watches that had belonged to several generations of my family. In my mind’s eye one was very similar to yours – which I’m very glad it made its way back to you unscathed. After reading this post I went to the wardrobe-style jewelry box (the only one I’ve already unpacked). Though the style of that era is distinctive, our treasures are different. The one I remembered looking like yours was actually a Waltham circa the late 40’s. My favorite is my grandmother’s Gruen which is second only to mother’s Elgin that she put away for an early 1960’s Timex with two (microscopic) “diamond” chips. I haven’t found the latter ones yet, but I’m certain they’re still safely packed away. It would be fun to attach a photo of the two I have handy, but technological challenges forbid until further notice. Maybe I’ll figure a way around the issues in the next few days. Meanwhile, Back to work!

  13. Janis says:

    Wow! Thank God he was able to get it from the shed… it’s like being taken out of a time capsule because the watch has got all the precious memories! Thanks for sharing Oneta.

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