Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Skeleton Keys

My grandpa collected skeleton keys.

He sought them out at estate sales and antique stores, pretty much everywhere he went.

When he passed away earlier this year, my mom asked me if there was anything of his that I would like to have, to remember him by.

I am sure that I could find at least one item in every room of my house to remember my grandpa by.  He was always bringing me little treasures...

His collection of old keys and locks is extra special.  It's something that he treasured.

And now, this treasured collection sits in a pretty bowl on our mantle...

where everyone can enjoy it...

This afternoon I let my boys sit on the floor with the pile of keys and locks.  They had so much fun examining them, pointing out the uniqueness in the different ones, and trying to find the right key to open a lock. 

I was pleasantly surprised when we found a match!  How sweet and appropriate that it was a heart shaped lock.  I hadn't even noticed this one until the boys started digging through the collection today.

Someday this collection will be passed on to my boys.  Maybe they will add to it, maybe they will tuck it away for safe keeping, or maybe they will display it as I have.  Regardless, I am sure that they will treasure a collection that once belonged to their great grandpa.  I know that I will forever think of Grandpa whenever I come across an old skeleton key.

Thank you for your sweet visit.

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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