“Pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object”
To my eldest great-granddaughter,
To you, dear girl, I want to give the little clock on my mantlepiece that you have always admired. I’ve never told you the story behind it, so here it is.
When I was 16 years old, I was visiting my great-grandmother, Gaga, at her home in Hurlingham. Hers was a house full of family memories and while it may have been sold long ago, it is a place I remember fondly.
During this visit, Gaga asked my sister Fiona and I to pick out an item from the display case in the living room. After scanning over each of the items carefully, my eyes landed on this intricate little clock. I’ve always been fascinated by clocks and their designs, so I decided that this would be an ideal item I could cherish and keep safe, and as you can see, I have.
All through university, this little clock was on display in my room, and in every home I’ve lived in since, I’ve made sure this clock has had a part somewhere within it.
It may not accurately tell the passing of time anymore – in fact, it has been locked at ten to ten for decades now – but it is a little item that acts as a memento of people in our family who existed brilliantly for a time and passed on, leaving us with memories of who they were.
This clock has always reminded me of my great-grandmother and who she was in my life. I hope that I’ve left as strong an impression on you and that this clock can continue to do the same for you, my girl.
Keep it safe.