Friday, January 25, 2008

Show and Tell Friday - Gold Locket WWII

My grandfather was in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) when he met my grandmother.

He wasn't a pilot - but was an airframe mechanic...which is good since he hated flying. But it was also bad, b/c the mechanic that worked on the airplane was required to go up with the pilot for a "test drive".

My grandfather was a story teller and a practical joker, so he was always entertaining us with his stories from his days in the RCAF.

My Show and Tell Friday item is a gold locket given to my grandmother, by my grandfather. The locket has some engraving on the front, along with the RCAF emblem. On the back my grandparents' names are engraved and inside are photos of my grandparents. They are young and grandpa is looking handsome in his uniform.

After his stint in the Air Force he was a pastor and an evangelist. He ministered in "logging camps" and was a "Shantyman". In his later years he pastored a church in Ontario, Canada and also traveled into the USA to minister as an evangelist.

My grandparents are I were very close. From the age of about 6-13 we spent summers with them out at the lake. Once they moved from the lake - I would sometimes take the bus out by myself or with one of my sisters, to visit them, 4 hours from home.

My grandmother died before I got married, and my grandfather died about 9 years ago. I miss them both. There is so much of my life I would have enjoyed sharing with them and I regret that they never got to see my children, and that my children never got to meet them.

For more Show and Tell Friday items - check out There is No Place Like Home.


Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhh, this is so beautiful!!!
It reminds me of my late uncle...he was part of the Army Air Corps during World War II and got shot down over the English Channel...he was part of a B-17 platoon.

Awesome....I know without saying, treasure this. It's priceless.

My show n tell is posted, won't you drop by for a visit? I love visitors!! ;o)

Judy said...

What a beautiful locket. Thanks for the story.

LBP said...

What a beautiful treasure you have to remind you of your Grandfather and Grandmother.



ellen b. said...

What a wonderful treasure you have from your grandparents. I know the feeling that you have about being sorry kids weren't able to meet your grandparents on this earth....

Jessica said...

Your post reminded of a biography I have about three generations of preachers to the northern loggers. I've been looking all over for it this morning but I can't seem to find it. I think it was called, "The Last of the Giants." It would go along well with your S&T today.

Thanks for sharing this lovely story.

Penless Thoughts said...

What a lovely item and memory to have and cherish.

Barbara H. said...

That's a beauitful locket, and I enjoyed hearing the story of your grandparents.

Julieann said...

What a priceless locket--absolutely beautiful. I totally understand about wanting them here to be with us and our children. It is hard, your show and tell was very touching.


Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for your comment on my old typewriter. To answer your question...I have not seen any of the jewelry you are speaking of.
Sounds interesting!!!

Feathering My Nest said...

I love your story and the precious locket. Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you so much for your kind comments on my page. I think your blog is cute. I look forward to coming back and viewing more as time permits.


cookiesunshine said...

Your locket is so beautiful, and your grandparents are too. I loved reading the story about them.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Cheryl said...

What a fabulous treasure to have! I love old things, especially things given with such love...sigh, so sweet!

MammyT said...

Wow. That is wonderful. Thank you for including the link on the Shantyman ministry. I enjoyued learning about that. Jessica's book sounds like it might be more of the same.

genny said...

Oh love to hear stories like that. The locket is nice and beautiful. Happy weekend.

Karla said...

What a neat heirloom! Thanks for sharing... and thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you'll come again soon.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful story and a sweet treasure! The locket is beautiful!