grandas hat web

[ Stamps | Kramer Outline, Line By Line (arrow), Yesterday (childhood) ]

Yesterday I was fiddling around in my studio when this caught my eye.

My grandpa’s hat.

He wore it all the time to work in the garden. It’s one of the few things that I’ve received as a memento of the farm and I treasure it greatly.

Like I said, it’s in my studio.

Sometimes your surroundings become oblivious to you…and sometimes, there’s something that brings back memories. Many objects you have on display can be there for a reason, such as this.

When I see it….

I think of him wearing light cotton long-sleeve shirts and khaki pants to work in–in the summer too..

I think of him whistling.

I think of his quite little laugh.

I think of him eating bread + milk with fresh raspberries.

I think of him taking a rest laying on his back on the front room floor–often with his knees up.

I think of him bringing in fresh vegetables to eat.

I think of him driving the old tractor.

I think of him giving us kids rides on the flatbed–that was a treat!

I think of his tiny little ‘grandpa-isms’, like ‘Hello everybody, this is Kate Smith!’, in his ‘girlish’ voice.

I think of him doting on my grandmother.

I think of him setting tubes for watering, and teaching me how to do it too.

I think of his respect for this land–not just the farm, but all land (he was in the Forest Service and worked for BLM).

I think of him knowing the name of every single plant–and showing us how to taste Indian paint brush.

I think of his kindness.

I think of him being the perfect example of a human being.

All these thoughts and so much more come back with great fondness.

My grandpa passed away over 20 years ago. I wish my kids could have really known him. He was an amazing man.

It’s amazing how one little object can create a flood of memories.

Good times.

And now my challenge to you is to to find an object in your home and write some memories about it. Take 15 minutes and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll remember!


You can find tips like these and dozens of prompts in The History Project, a personal history class taught by Kerri Bradford.