August 18, 2006

Friday Favorite
" A Silver Surprise"

My grandfather was one of my very closest friends. He was someone I loved to just sit with and "chat away" the hours!! My grandfather was a big character, always coming up with unusual inventions, ideas, etc.. My grandparents didn't have very much money and they both worked very hard for everything they had. One day a bank had this promotion that if you opened up a savings account with them you would be given one sterling silver place setting for "free." Through the years when they had a little extra money they would add to the set. (How do I know this? I had many, many wonderful "chats" with Grandaddy!) Well, my grandparents treasured this silver and they brought it out only at Christmas time. One Christmas when I was visiting I went to to dining room hutch to get the silver chest. I picked it up and thought "boy, this is sure light." When I opened it all I found was this note written by my Grandaddy:

He had decided that if any burgulars came sneaking around he would fool them by writing "Silverware in Bank Lock Box." Truth be told, he had stuffed it all in the back of his bedroom closet in my Grammy's big old knitting bag!! LOL That's my Grandaddy, he knew that would "throw those burgulars off of the track" if they came sneaking in! I have that silver, the chest, and also the handwritten note today. Can you guess which thing I treasure most????

11 comments:

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

The last line of your post brought tears to my eyes....... I know exactly which of the things you treasure most!! I feel the same about letters or notes written by my Dad.......
Lovely post about your grandaddy!

clarice said...

This totally cracked me up. It reminds me of a friend of mine, her aunt always turned over china to see who made it. So at a dinner party my friends mother wrote on the back of all the china, crap. Too funny. Clarice

Anonymous said...

Hello Susan,

Like bluebird rose, I don't have to guess, I know which you treasure most. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory.

Mary

Kelli said...

What wonderful treasures! Especially the handwritten note!
Clarice, that is hilarious!

Kelli

Mrs. C said...

How special! I have my grandmother's silver, but I've never used it! The heavy box sits in the top of my linen closet. I'm not up for all that polishing.

Mississippi Girl said...

LOVE this... clever man. And that note IS a treasure! Precious.
Jennifer R.

Mrs. Staggs said...

This was a charming story Susan and brought a smile to my face.
Your grandfather sounds like a delightful man.
Thank you for sharing and for all of your kind and thoughtful posts in Merryville.

Lisa said...

Wonderful story. :)

Mrs. Linebarger said...

The note, the note, the note!!! Of all the lovely things that I have from my mom, the things that are dearest and most precious are the things written by her own hand! I have a few written by my dad as well, though not nearly as many.
What a wonderful sense of humor your grandfather had!

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Susan, I understand why the note is very special to you! I have some old recipe cards written out by my mom and grandma that I am thinking about framing and hanging in my kitchen...thanks for sharing your story!

Susan P. said...

Ladies, thank you so much for letting me share the story of my Grandaddy!