Mum’s Fancy Brooch

Mum (Enid May Howells) was never a woman who wore lots of make-up, perfume or jewellery. But as I look through the old photographs of her, I see she was always smartly dressed, and had her hair styled. Looking at a couple of photographs of her sitting in a local park with me back in the early 1960s something caught my eye.

me and mum in park oneme and mum in park two

I took advantage of the ‘zoom’ facility in the photo programme and looked a little closer. I saw this –

me and mum in park one (2) then I went and found the old jewellery box that was put away many years ago.

I thought I remembered something, and sure enough – mums broochthere it is, a sparkly brooch in the shape of a question mark! I just sit, holding it for a while, wondering about its origins. There’s something about holding actual objects that belonged to our family members. For me, it really focuses my mind on the person, brings them a little closer and I feel love and warmth from them.

I very rarely dress up in smart clothes, but the next time I do, I shall take out this brooch and pin it to my dress and hold my head a little higher 🙂

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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4 Responses to Mum’s Fancy Brooch

  1. That is such a charming and cheerful piece of jewelry. I love it!
    One thing I’ve been doing for friends — now and then — is to have them choose a piece of non-valuable jewelry from a beloved family member who is no longer with them, and incorporate into one of my snow globes as a remembrance. When it’s an old-fashioned piece that one wouldn’t otherwise wear, it’s a great way to keep a familiar piece nearby and in view, instead of tucked in a jewelry box. (And now and then folks can bring the jewelry to life with a quick glittery shake of the globe.) But you’ve found something that would be fun and meaningful to wear — which is even better!
    How cool that you have the brooch AND the photo of her wearing it.

    • Oh, I just love your snow globe idea! I looked at your website, there are some amazing ideas and images there! I love the idea of having something that means you can keep the special piece on view, instead of shutting it away somewhere. Thank you for the comment 🙂

  2. Great investigation, Jackie! Beautiful!! Now I am pondering what it means to wear a question mark on oneself. Why do you think she did and how will you answer peoples . . . questions . . . if they ask you about it!

    • Wow, thank you for your comment, you’ve really got me thinking! I need to sit and ponder on the question mark, and why would she wear it. Was it bought for her? Why choose a quesion mark? Why all these questions! All I know at the moment is that it is touching something deep within myself, and I thank you for your challenging comment 🙂

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