The Trinkets In Grandma's Hutch  (photo story) by CarolM

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I photographed this image some time ago in a store and was struck by the American flag in between the doors. It inspired me to write a short story about love and patriotism.

Photo processed digitally with texture, lighting, and other adjustments.

The Trinkets In Grandma’s HutchWritten by CarolM 2-2-2010

As a little girl, I always loved to look at all the trinkets in Grandma’s hutch. She had little cow salt and pepper shakers, a small ceramic heart and some tin boxes with designs on them. She had an old clock, a crystal perfume bottle with a stopper on top and two china dolls There was also a white milk glass vase, a pretty little glass candy dish and many other trinkets tucked in behind the ones in front.

Every time I visited Grandma, she would tell me the story about one of her precious treasures. “Grandpa got me this on our third anniversary. Aunt Jean gave this lovely perfume bottle on my 30th birthday." I always loved that perfume bottle. “The little candy dish came out of a box of soap and for a long time I kept my bobby pins in it. Grandpa use to laugh at me when I put my hair up in those bobby pins. When I was growing up, we had handmade dolls. At fourteen, Mama gave me this beautiful china doll for Christmas. I cried, I was so happy."

Of all the treasures Grandma had, the American flag was the one she treasured most. She kept it stuck between the doors of her hutch.

When Grandpa joined the army in 1941, he came home on leave and brought Grandma the little flag. He told her how proud he was to be a soldier. She loved him so much and missed him terribly when he went off to war, but she knew it was something he had to do. They shared their love in their letters that sometimes took weeks to get delivered.

When I was 16, Grandma told me about the day the man from the army showed up on her doorstep with a letter. She said it was the worse day of her life. We both cried. She told me that the man gave her a medal called the purple heart and she keeps it in the little ceramic heart box in her hutch. She showed it to me and tried to explain what it was for, while the tears ran down her cheeks. I’ll never forget that day.

Grandma never remarried. She still lives in the house she shared with Grandpa. She still has the flag hanging in between the doors of the hutch and every time she walks by she touches it.

Last week, when I was visiting, she explained that she only had one love in her life and it was Grandpa. She told me that she has missed him deeply. She explained how proud she was of him and his love for his country. She said that she has had a good life and that not everyone finds the kind of love that her and Grandpa shared and she felt so blessed . She told me that he is waiting for her and that someday they will be together again.

Sometimes I think about Grandma, when I look at my husband dressed in his Army uniform. He is the love of my life and I feel so blessed.

Written by CarolM 2-2-2010

I am happy to share my vision with you and I hope that it touches you in some small way.

“Photography is my soul food” – Carol M.

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  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 5 years ago

    I love the treatment on this. . . it’s quite stunning. . . and I appreciate that you put that you told me (ahead of time) that you were inspired to write the story. . . I won’t think it’s real like the last time…. LOL – gullible me.
    It’s lovely Carol…

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    beautiful work, great work on the treatment

  • Thank you Kathy.

    – CarolM

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    Oh honey, your beautiful story is heartbreaking, it brings tears to my eyes. Aloha dearest Carol

  • It brought tears to my eyes just writing it. Thanks Sharon for the touching comments.

    – CarolM

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    beautifully worked Carol.x

  • I thank you Catherine for the nice compliment.

    – CarolM

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo and treatment. Lots of interesting objects in the hutch and especially the flag. Your story is beautiful and inspiring too. It really fits well with the photo.

  • Thank you Jane!! Every so often, an image just inspires me and I have to write a poem or express my feelings about it.

    – CarolM

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image and treatment Carol!! so many wonderful treasure to see!! very heartwarming writing!!

  • Sometimes an image just inpires me and I have to write. Thank you for your wonderful support and kind comments.

    – CarolM

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much.

    – CarolM

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 5 years ago

    Great work

  • I was so excited about the texturing in this one. I’m learning new things all the time. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Angel.

    – CarolM

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellover 4 years ago

    Wonderfully textured. Adds great mood to the scene!

  • Thank you very, very much Terence for the wonderful comment.

    – CarolM

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful and so well finished. The story is sweet, real or not, I like it, as I can relate to it… Xx

  • Thank you very much Ellanita. When I took the photograph I was taken with the little flag in the doors of the hutch. I knew I wanted to do somethings special with it. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the words and image. That means a lot to me.

    – CarolM

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