Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Remember When: Knick Knacks

 People collect all kinds of things. Figurines, stamps, ashtrays, books, angels and coins.
 I've had quite a few collections over the years.
On one visit to Boothill in Dodge City, Kansas my mom picked out a little set of three ceramic horses to take back to my sister. I wanted horses too but there was only one set. Mom suggested I collect dogs and that was that. I still have two of those little dogs from that set of beagles from Dodge City.
Since then I've collected horses, hedgehogs, stone critters, pens, miniatures, books and other odds and ends.
One figurine I received as a gift in second grade never became a collection. There really could only be one.
How sad he looks. I don't remember who gave it to me but I do remember the day. I had spent the summer and school year with my grandparents and and this was my going away party when I was getting ready to go back home in another town. The party was in the back yard of another child's house and I think most of my classmates appeared.
Over the years I'd sit and try to figure out how many critters are represented in this little guy.
Penguin (mostly from the back), lion, rabbit, raccoon, chicken, hawk . . . do you see any others?
Did you have a collection as a child? Do you still have it? Do you still add to it?
What other collections have you had over the years?


  1. I can't help thinking how useful these exercises are for children's book writers. I'm always trying to get back to childhood. I'm a terrible collector, so many things lost in various moves. However, I fiercely guarded my now grown-children's collections of stuffed animals. I always felt the creatures they picked said something about who they are. My little girl like big cats: panthers, tigers, lions. My little boy loved bugs: ants, caterpillars, even stuffed spiders!

    1. I hadn't thought of that. My grandson walked around for years with Tigger's nose in his mouth. Poor Tigger had many nose repairs.

  2. I just can't get over all the stuff you saved from your childhood. It's amazing!!

    1. I'm amazed too as I make note of these things. My mom was famous for throwing things out. I guess I stood my ground at times.


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