Family Heirlooms


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I’m not one for knick-knacks, but cat lovers would love this.

I was over at Mama’s today.  I don’t recall how the subject came up, but she showed me this.  There are some incredible pieces here that I thought some of you would like to know about.

These are not your every day run-of-the-mill knick-knacks.  Most of them are cats, of course, and I would be hard pressed to find replacements if something ever happened to this display.

For example, toward the bottom left is a figure of a cat carved out of solid granite or marble (I wasn’t sure which).  It’s beautiful.  There are several other pieces of cats, dogs, raccoons, etc., all made of solid pewter (they’re heavy).  Others are ceramic, but at the top center is a miniature carousel “horsey,” except this one is a cat.  It actually slides up and down the pole.

There are two framed mustard seeds as a reminder of the power of faith, even if that faith is only “the size of a mustard seed.”   In the upper left is a figure of a camel forged out of solid brass.

But my personal favorite is the one next to the brass camel.  It’s another figure of a cat, but this one happens to be carved out of solid jade.  It was a gift from one of Mama’s friends who found it in Taiwan.

Since Mama just recently moved to be near us, she is still unpacking a few things.  But when I saw this, I asked, “Why haven’t you hung this up yet?”

Her response was classic.  She said, “‘Cause it’s a pain in the ass to clean.”

That’s Mama.

As for me, I had only one thing to say with regard to the person who inherits these pieces when she goes to the great litter box in the sky:




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