We all hang on to old memories. They become so precious that we re-live them through photos or material possessions. I have old handwritten letters from friends, college scrapbooks, some lovely cards, even old emails that the husband and I exchanged during our courtship. Stuff we hoard and possibly take to our graves so precious it is.
As I pen this post, I stare at this car hanging that is lying on my coffee table currently. It is old, possibly worn in a few places but I still keep hanging it in my car. It has seen 3 cars in the last almost 16 years. Yes, this is that ancient. The husband and I picked it up in one of the curio shops during one of our most memorable trips on Route 66 in California. It was quaint and lovely. It hung in the first car we owned in the US.
When we moved back to India, it was carefully wrapped and taken back with us. Then when we bought our first car in Pune, this car hanging found its place in the new car. It has been on beautiful journeys with us. It has been a quiet witness as we went from being a couple to a family of four then five. And recently when I sold my old car which I was very attached to, I took this out and kept it safely.
I will be hanging it in the new car soon. For some reason, I just can’t let go of it. Looking at it gently swinging in the car brings joy and makes me feel at home.
What can I say? The material possessions are special because human memoies have touched it! Thus, this car hanging is my cherished charm. It has traveled across cities and countries and still continues to be my constant companion.
Do you have a cherished object that you love? Would love to hear about it.
I am taking part in Cherished Blogfest that is happening on July 29th, 30th or 31st 2016!
Do join in!