Sep 20, 2012

Treasures


Treasures
By Rachel Israel

Have you ever had a collection or treasure; something that was not sumptuous in value but had a very sentimental meaning? Well when I was little I used to love collections. I thought they were the coolest things ever. I had many collections, but today I will just tell you about my favorite three.

One of my favorite collections were beads. I loved how you could basically make any accessory you wanted to with them. I had a small musical box full of them. I put beads into the wooden box whenever one of my bracelets or necklaces broke. With those beads I could make another bracelet and replace it. I loved how each bead was unique. I never actually made any bracelets with these unique beads; so my box is still full of them!

Another one of my collections were snow globes. My mom got me many from gift shops in special places or different states that we visited. My snow globes are arranged from biggest to smallest on my dresser. Many of my snow globes have intricately designed pedestals that tie into the miniature theme of the globe. They also played calming melodies when you twist a little knob underneath it.

My most colorful collection was octopi. They were made with beads and melted to perfection with an ironer. Well actually, I wouldn’t say “to perfection”. Many of them, although pretty, were demented. Some of the legs have fallen off and have been glued and ironed back to the octopus in the wrong direction. Actually, I think that’s why I like them even more. They are special to me and every time I look at them hanging on my mirror; I remember the sentimental story behind it.

These are things that many people wouldn’t care for, but to me they mean a lot. These are my collections!

P.S: Found it in my computer, an article by Rachel written for school this year. Thought I'll save it by posting it on the blog...

12 comments:

Rachna said...

I remembering collecting stamps and bus tickets at one point in time, not any more. The only collection I have is of old greeting cards and some letters.

Mom with a Dot said...

I'm guessing its your daughter? Wow! what a wonderful essay and kudos to you for preserving it this way :)

NRIGirl said...

Hi girls! Nice to hear from you both.

@Rachna! I too collected bus tickets, chocolate wrappers, greeting cards,stamps, rocks, etc.

@Mom with a Dot! Thank you! So, how are things at your end?

KParthasarathi said...

When I was 10 or 11 I collected empty cigarette box cartons of various brands after winning in game played with a flat square iron chip.I had box loads of such cartons as also tops(bambarams) of assorted sizes and shapes stout lean and tall.I spent most time in such acquisition.When I secured poor marks in the quarterly examination, my mom dropped all my collections in an unused deep well at the backyard.With that my hobby died.
You reminded me of those Bangalore days

Bikramjit said...

I have so many , my stamps , my music cassettes .. and letters etc


Bikram's

gigihawaii said...

Those are unique collections. I would especially like to see her snow globe collection.

NRIGirl said...

@KP! I can almost visualize a heart-broken little KP at the side of the well. Oh well, they say Moms know the best; may be they do...

@Bikram: Whatever you do, don't throw away the cassettes. They are vintage already!

@Gigi: I will assign it as a weekend assignment for Rachel to take pictures of her collections, to share with us. Thanks for the idea...

anilkurup said...

"When the dogs bark, when the bees sting, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things. Then I don't feel so bad*

Sanand said...

Nice post. I'd say collecting different types of cricket bats were my 'treasures' in the growing up years. And now, it's the same with my son....he collects footballs too.

eye in the sky said...

Collecting stuff is an intimate preoccupation. It doesn't mean much nor make sense to others, but it derives satisfaction to the collector. It probably documents specific moments while getting them. I have had several, but the more recent ones are stuff from travels and DVDs.

....Petty Witter said...

As a girl it was buttons, badges and novelty soaps and now its decorative boxes bought by one of my brothers-in-law and anything to do with hedgehogs. I've always collected (some would say hoarded) something. I can understand your collecting snowglobes as I have a few hedgehoggy ones and they are pretty ...... and quite relaxing when you shake them.

Irfanuddin said...

i used to have a big numbers of pen, they were of different sizes, colors n shape but unfortunately over the period of time my kids made them disappeared now....and now i have got only collection of hand written letters that i received from my dad n from some dear ones...its really very pleasant going through them.....

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