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Your fondest possession

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007, at 9:48 PM

We occasionally run a feature in the T-G called "People Around Town," in which we profile someone by letting them answer a series of questions.

One of the questions has to do with "favorite possession," and the answer to this is almost always "my family," which I can never understand. The intent of the question was to get the person to talk about their old baseball card, or that comfy old sweater, or their grandmother's special ring, or what have you. To me, family isn't a "possession."

Then, tonight, I saw a car dealership commercial on TV where the announcer touted the car as being the safest for "your most prized possession ... your family."

I wondered if it was just me. I looked up "possession" on the Merriam-Webster web site:

1 a: the act of having or taking into control b: control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership c: ownership d: control of the ball or puck; also : an instance of having such control (as in football) scored on their first two possessions

2: something owned, occupied, or controlled : property

3 a: domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea) b: a psychological state in which an individual's normal personality is replaced by another c: self-possession

After reading this, I think I'm right. I know that people mean well when they call their family a "possession," but most of the actual, literal meanings have to do with ownership or control -- and I would say that very few of us are in control of our families!


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So Bo...Since we've decided family isn't a possession, what is YOUR most prized possession?

I'd have to say mine is the small collection of rocks we've picked up from the places we've visited. We have a rock found under the Eiffel Tower, a cobblestone from Italy, a little piece of Canterbury Cathedral that had already crumbled off (I swear we didn't take it off the building! LOL ), and a chalk white stone from the cliffs of Dover.

And I completely agree about the family as a possession - I always wondered about that too. :)

-- Posted by amori_da_viaggiare on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 9:57 PM

hey I'm a good reader (NOT) - LOL - John you wrote this, NOT Bo!

So lets try this again...

JOHN, what is YOUR most prized possession?

and hey Bo, what's yours since I already asked? :)

-- Posted by amori_da_viaggiare on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 10:01 PM

This is going to sound weird, but one thing that comes to mind is my set of kitchen knives. I won them more than 15 years ago on "Top Card," a game show that used to air on The Nashville Network, and hardly a day goes by that I don't use them. They are the Cutco brand, and I saw on some sort of TV show (probably "John Ratzenberger's Made In America," or maybe "Unwrapped" on the Food Network) that the company offers free lifetime sharpening, even for serrated knives that are nearly impossible to handle on your own. (You do pay a small shipping-and-handling fee.) I sent off several knives to be sharpened last year, and they came back nice and sharp; even the handles appeared to have been cleaned and polished.

I'm now on the company's mailing list, and I noted in their catalog that they still sell the same basic set as mine -- for several hundred dollars. It's an investment, and well worth the money.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 10:26 PM

Pardon me John for answering the question asked me on your blog. If it is agreed I must leave out my family, I would say the kidney donated to me on May 21, 1992, by a very caring 34-year-old man who had signed a donor card. He lost his life sometime during the night before I received the transplant.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:12 PM

John, that's not too weird! I never win anything so I'd be quite proud of the least little thing I'd won! And actually...some new knives would be quite nice.

Bo, I think you win the battle of prized possessions hands down. My rocks and John's nifty knives pale in comparasion to the gift you received. I'm really glad you were on the receiving end of that one - the world's a better place with you around.

-- Posted by amori_da_viaggiare on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:32 PM

Bo, yours is certainly tops and we are all thankful for you for the kidney you received.

However, I have a possession that I would like to add to this blog. It is a little souvenir cream pitcher with my Grandfather's name on it that was purchased in 1897 at the Tennessee Centennial as a gift to my Grandmother who was 14 at the time. The purchase price was a nickel. Several in our family wanted the little pitcher and my Grandmother decided that in order to avoid family dissention she would give it to me. On our wedding day she stuffed a five dollar bill in it and gave it to me and my new wife.

Through the years we always displayed it in a prominent place in our house. Then when our only son was married we put a one hundred dollar bill in it and gave it to him and his new wife.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Oct 16, 2007, at 9:24 AM

One of my most prized possessions is sadly no more. I had the wooden cradle used by my Great-great grandmother for most of her children including my great-grandmother who was born in the 1880's. Two years ago we had a fire in our garage and it was lost- I was hoping to pass it down to my children just as it had been passed down and used by several in past generations.

Now I guess one of the most special things I have is a china pitcher that was given to my grandmother for her wedding by one of her aunts. I rescued it earlier this year from several unknowing bidders at my great aunt's auction. (She had asked for it when my grandmother died and I was determined to keep it in the family.) Even though it is chipped badly from use and age and has not much monetary value, I'm sure, I was set on having it and no amount of money was too great.

I am also the researcher and keeper of our family geneology and old pictures.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Tue, Oct 16, 2007, at 11:57 PM

My most prized possesion would have to be my buck eye. My sister, my grandfather and myself were taking one of our many adventures into the woods and we stumbled upon 3 buckeyes, just lying there. He carried one in his pocket and gave one to each of us. My Papa passed away in 2003 and his buckeye went to my grandmother. We all carry them in our purses.

Falling in right after those would be my hand made cradle, rocking horses and toy box that my great uncle built.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Oct 17, 2007, at 7:46 AM

i would have to say that my favorite would be the rocking cradle churn that my grandmother has given me. its old but i dont have a clue how old. i think you could still make butter in it today. my mom has given me her collection of autumn leaf dishes. and of course all the civil war relics that i have dug over the years.

-- Posted by relicdigger on Wed, Oct 17, 2007, at 2:13 PM

It's gonna be hard to top your gift Bo.

Mine would be an old Bible printed in 1828. It belonged to someone in the family, (can't read who because writing is faded) and they even included a sprig of their hair in it with an old pin. DNA!

-- Posted by countrymom on Wed, Oct 17, 2007, at 5:24 PM

Wow countrymom, that is truly a DNA gold mine. Now, if you can just discover whose hair it it.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 4:11 PM


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