Lisa Alzo, the Accidental Genealogist, has posted some marvelous blogging prompts for Woman’s History Month. For March sixth, I see: Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc).
I am lucky enough to have some nice items I inherited from my female ancestors, but today I am describing one that I do not have, and sure wish I did.
I remember a little mesh purse, with a little chain for a handle. It was a brass color, and it resided in my mother’s jewelry box. The chain that served as a handle could be put through a larger chain and worn around the neck. The cute little purse was just large enough to hold a dime, and Mom said that it was for a subway ride home. I do not have a photo of it, but it was similar to this little item, but not so fancy.
As a small town girl from northern Michigan, riding a subway seemed so romantic to me, even at my advanced age the only subway I have ridden was in London (yes England) a few years ago.
When my mother died, I looked high and low, through everything in the house, trying to find the little purse, and I never did find it. I can not help but wonder what happened to it, and also wishing I had asked when my Mom was still well. But I did not want to appear to be asking for something.