Okay, now that it is Friday, I can tell you why this gift shop, porcelain, trinkety figurine means so much to me.
When I was a little girl, my Grandmother would take care of me when my parents went to work. So, I spent a lot of time there. One of my favorite things to do, was to hop on my Grandmother's bed. Now her bedroom set was modern at the time, but basically it was one of those 1960's headboards with the shelf built in and the sliding cubby doors on each side. In the center she had different items. I don't remember when I first discovered it, but it caught my attention every time I saw it. A porcelain eagle with the spinning gnome-like ballerina. I would hop on her bed (to her dismay,) lay down and stare at the things on her shelf. But my FAVORITE thing to do was to make this little ballerina SPIN. And spin it did. (Also to her dismay...she was usually heard hollering "and don't spin that thing, you're gonna breaaaaaaaak itttttttt!) And did I stop? No, not usually. Somehow, it did not break.
Well, as the years went on, I would still love to spin the ballerina, but more so in an admiring way.
When it unfortunately came time for her to live in a nursing home my Father asked me and my two cousins (both women) to come in and pick out what we wanted of hers so they wouldn't be lost, but kept in the family. They of course, picked out big things like furniture, but I had little things like this in mind. I really wanted to retain my childhood memories of "spending time with Grandmom."
So, I was able to take my precious little spinning ballerina home with me and I keep it in a safe place so that it DOESN'T break...but every now and then I give her a little spin. My Grandmother passed away a little over a year ago and I still miss her. This helps keep her close to my heart. There are other things I was able to keep, but this one is my favorite.
And this is my edition of Show and Tell Friday.
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If anyone knows anything more about this type of spinning figurine, I'd love to hear about it...or even if you have one yourself, I'd love to see a picture of it! Drop me a line or two!