This pendant was once a brooch that belonged to my great-grandmother. Which great-grandmother? I don't know. I do know that it was one of my father's grandmothers and I think it was his father's mother, Ada Merritt Hobbs, but I really can't be sure.
Dad had the original brooch made into a pendant and gave it to me when I was about nine or ten. He told me that my great-grandmother wore the brooch with her high-necked lacy blouses on special occasions. I thought she was even wearing it in a photo, but I can't find it if she was.
|Ada Merritt Hobbs|
And I can implore anyone reading this post to do the same. Even if you think you know the stories of your heirlooms, write them down now. It's an exercise that I promise you will reveal any blanks in your knowledge and push you to get those blanks filled-in while you still can.
My great-grandmother's pendant is still a family heirloom and still means a lot to me because it was given to me by my father. But it would mean so much more to future generations with the full story attached. So don't wait and don't procrastinate, get those stories now!