My Nanna was the most lovely person in the world. She was my Mum’s Mum and we were so close to her as we grew up. When we were poorly we would say “Call for Nanna”. And when we were well we would be desperate to go for ‘sleep overs’ at her house.
She died some years ago now. I still think about her every day. One of the really big reminders of her in my life was a gift that I bought for her. It was an old fashioned temperature gauge with coloured glass pods inside which float up and down as the temperature changes.
I have always kept this on my work desk and each time I notice a change in temperature it took my mind to Nanna, just for a moment.
So I was heartbroken today when I was putting a new desk into position and i knocked it off and the glass tube broke and the coloured glass pods went everywhere. It immediately brought tears to my eyes.
My first thought was that I had lost the memories…
Then I sat for a moment and took a few deep breaths. I began to think clearly. Although I could buy another it wouldn’t be the same. It wouldn’t have the same memories attached.
But I realised in my calm that I will never loose her memory. I do love to have a reminder though so that those memories come back regularly.
So I gathered the surviving glass pods and put them in a pretty bowl. They look lovely just as they are. I have the bowl with the pods on my desk now. Although the temperature won’t make the change they will still have the ability to take my attention whenever I look their way. Each time my mind goes to the pods I will remember Nanna, just in that moment.