A couple of days ago, I got an unexpected letter from my Grandmother. I should probably preface this with the information that my Gran is not the most emotionally available individual. I don't want to say too much, although I have many fond memories of her from my childhood but it is fair to say that we have a difficult relationship at times.
The letter was particularly suprising in that it talked about someone she has never mentioned before. From the sound of the letter, her Aunt Edna meant a huge amount to my Gran and as I've never heard anything about Gran's childhood, it was a pretty big deal to get this long, detailed letter about some happy memories.
Enclosed with the letter was this:
A gold brooch. This was given to Edna, who I think works out to be my Great, Great Aunt, by her Fiance some time before the First World War.
It means a lot to me that Gran gave me this brooch. I have a really small family, without much in the way of history, so having this beautiful antique that has been passed down to me makes me feel a little more connected to the past. A past that had never even been mentioned before now. Knowing my Gran, it won't be mentioned again, but it was nice to get a small snapshot *smiles*