Some time ago the BBC and The British Museum put together a series of programmes, The History of the World in 100 Objects . We have listened to the programmes with great interest and often talked about what objects we would have included in our list.
It made me think about us as a family, what objects would describe your family and it;s history, who could you explain yourselves to someone with things you have ion your house?
So we had a go – just us as a family, not our parents or siblings, just the four of us, with the things we have in our house –
A History of the Key’s in 5 Objects
(we thought 100 objects might make the post a it long!)
Object 1 – Clogs
In our very miss spent youth we spent a large proportion of our time wearing clogs!
We were ardent New Model Army fans and it was a sort of uniform that made you part of a tribe, a joint love of music, a shared political viewpoint and friends in all corners of the country.
Coloured hair, clogs and a leather jacket – that was us – before babies, before proper jobs and being grown ups!
Excellent days, amazing people and brilliant music, what else can I say
Object 2 – A much unworn safety helmet
This sums up our boy, a safety helmet, his love of the outdoors, mountains, extreme sport and generally falling off things!
Testament to it all is his current position in the far north, way above the Arctic circle encouraging a whole new generation of people to love the outdoors as much as he does!
Object 3 – Ballet Shoes
And our girlies most treasured possession, her dancing shoes.
She worked so hard and for so long to be allowed a set of point shoes and going to Freeds in Covent Garden to buy them was a very special moment for us all.
Dancing is her zen space, when college, work and life gets too much, she dances, and the only thing there is the music and her mind!
Object 4 – A Nurses fob watch
A very precious gift from my mother when I started my nursing training and treasured all this time.
The children grew up round shift work, tip-toeing round one of us sleeping after a night shift and stories of open wounds and lots of poo!
Doesn’t seem to have put them off though (no matter how we tried) Bernard is now applying for uni places to become a paediatric nurse.
So it was a wonderful moment for us both when I was able to pass my watch on to her
Object 5 – An 18th style tricorn hat
Yep, you read it right, a 3 cornered hat!
A large part of our time as a family has been spent dressed in odd clothes, living in the past and camping in obscure corners of the country.
As re-enactors we saw some of the countries most beautiful historical sites from a side that the public don’t often see.
And as a consequence of hobbies and our inability to throw things away our house is a wash with period pottery, fabric and a strange collection of hats and armour.
So that’s us as a family, slightly odd, a bit eclectic, and always ready with a fancy dress costume when needed!
What would use to describe your family? Join in the link up and visit the others who do to – is everyone’s description what you expected?