Grandmother’s Jacket

The love of old things is a way of respecting time.

Wu Ming-Yi, The Stolen Bicycle

In 1960, Presidential candidates Kennedy and Nixon took part in the first televised debate, the twist was the dance craze, Psycho and The Entertainer were playing at the movies, Perry Mason was a hit TV show and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was the book everyone was talking about. That’s my first memory of my grandmother wearing the red jacket I have on in this photo. I can close my eyes and see her putting it on as she got ready to walk to the post office or The Newsstand, the town soda shop and local meeting place. 

Yes, I still wear my grandmother’s red jacket. She and I are about the same size, it’s still in beautiful  condition and is one of those pieces that will never go out of style. When I put it on I get a sense that she is here with me. It’s the same feeling I have when I use my great-grandmother’s silverware to set the table. It’s a link to the past. Memories of long ago. 

I know that family heirlooms have fallen out of fashion. Today’s generation doesn’t want to be weighed down by the past. The bigger story of what that crystal vase or silver tea service represents is lost. Tastes change. One day antiques and vintage pieces will be in vogue again. Unfortunately, by that time much family history may be gone.

3 responses to “Nostalgia”

  1. Mary Swearingen Avatar
    Mary Swearingen

    How precious Dawn. You had a wonderful Grandma and grandpa. So glad you save that coat

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    1. I am so sorry, I don’t know how you didn’t get my response on this. You are a good friend and I appreciate your comments. ❤️


  2. That jacket is beautiful, and so are the memories. Vintage clothing is very much in style here in Texas. There are some stores that only sell vintage. Enjoy wearing the jacket!

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