One of the things I’d debating taking with me is an antique doll buggy. As best as I remember it, one of my great grandfathers gave it to Mom when she was little. Grandma thought it was too good to play with so it was put in the attic. This was very Grandma. When she died, Mom found kitchen curtains that she had made her in her dresser drawer, never used because they were too good.
After I was born, Mom wanted the buggy for me. Grandma told her that she had given it to Tracy, my Uncle Dick’s step-daughter. Mom was furious, but she was not the kind of lady who would have gone and taken it back from Tracy.
Now the oddest part… After Grandma died and they were going through the house. Or possibly later – I think after Grandpa died what? 13 years later? She found the buggy in the attic. Pristine. Grandma had never given it away. Did she not want Mom to have it? Was it great-grandpa Cupit who gave it to her? I recall he gave Mom a doll that Grandma did not approve of at one point. Was it just them? Mom tried to get some of the farmhouse antiques out of the barn before they rotted away and were always told someday. As far as I know, the old iron Iron is the only thing they took. My grandparents were not wealthy and really could have made money on what they saw as junk but never did. Everything was toast by the time Grandpa died.
I wish there was someone to ask these things left. I could try Uncle John but he’s having such a hard time himself I hate to bother him. And I doubt he would remember much of it – besides, he and Dick also thought that everything in the barn was junk.