Suffice it to say that over the years I collected many things inspired by children's literature. Among the treasures, were a great many Christmas ornaments, made by Gladys Boalt. I discovered them on a quick trip to New York City with a friend (Mr. Bob doesn't DO New York), purchased as many as I could afford, later adding to the collection from a branch of Gazebo in Orange County.
So, we moved from a household of 47 years of accumulation to a retirement home where we have 2 cages in the basement taking the place of a garage and an attic. Our belongings are hugely reduced, but we still don't know just what's in those storage cages. Maybe when our eldest grandson is here, we'll find out if he'll help me inventory the contents of the boxes there.
We moved at the end of July. I'd been vaguely aware that our friends had bought many of the things we parted with.........Nancy got the water jar, Lynne bought the shingle sign from our first shop, Dave took the CocaCola boxes, and so forth, but it was December before I knew that Diane had acquired the storybook ornaments, discovered in a box in the back yard. It provides much satisfaction to know that some of our most cherished things are with friends. But it's absolutely breathtaking to see all of the ornaments together on Diane & Roger's Christmas tree. It's the way it should be and it never was when I owned them. Our life has been full of great potential but there it seems to stop. Thank goodness for friends and the richness they add to our life.
|the 2 Pinocchios, before and after lying|
|Tortoise from Alice, Wendy, Michael from Peter Pan|
|Queen from Alice, Scrooge, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker|
|Dorothy, Tin Woodsman, Caterpillar w/hookah, Little BoPeep|