March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)
This is a trunk that my grandmother, Verona Straka Figlar, brought with her from Slovakia when she arrived in America in 1922.
In this trunk, my grandmother carried all of her worldly possessions: two or three dresses, a goose-feather quilt, a few family photographs, and her prayer book. I wonder how she managed this on such a long journey? If the trunk could talk, what stories would it reveal? It is a true family treasure.
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I'm amazed your family managed to keep the trunk for so long. My mother had a similar one she brought with her to Israel when she moved in 1967. It wasn't nearly as old. I loved it! She painted it to match my bedroom and we used it as a toy chest. Somehow, it got discarded! How I wish I still had it!
Thank you so much for these wonderful prompts! I'm really enjoying working on them!
What a great treasure to have! I'm sure it was terribly heavy, but I bet she would have carried it anywhere to ensure she had some pieces of home.