|Gertrude Thankful Andrews|
photo in personal collection
Later my grandmother gave the locket to my mother. It was kept in a small box in my mother's chest of drawers and brought out to wear only on Sundays or special occasions. Then, some years ago, my mother give the locket to me, telling me the story behind the locket and giving me the old photograph.
Through the years, I had noticed some dings on the locket but thought they had come from being knocked around for 100 years. It turned out the the dings were actually bite marks on the locket, made by my mother when she was teething and being carried around by my Gramma! Each teething mark on the front, shown by the red circles below, has a corresponding mark on the back of the locket.
|"Chomp, chomp, chomp"|
Someday the locket will probably be passed on to one of my grandchildren. Along with the locket will also go the photograph as well as the story of how it served as a teething ring for their great grandmother. This is also one more family heirloom that I am recording in my small "Family Treasures" scrapbook so that all of the family can share in this story.