Then, I wondered when I opened an 8X10 photo of my brother on his stock horse, Merino's Champ. I had forgotten all about his 'Champ." And, now I have named my puppy Champ. Kind of serendipitous, don't you think?
Jim riding his stockhorse, Merino's CHAMP
Jim called me today and said he finally had a good idea as to what to do with the 7'10" sailfish I caught as a pre-teen in Florida coming in 2nd for the summer tournament that year. My Pop promised me if I landed a sail, he would mount it. It is probably one of the last REAL sails done by a taxidermist. I think they just take a picture of them today and make it out of plastic. Anyways, even though it is in great condition and absolutely gorgeous and probably worth some bucks, we have donated it to the Champer of Commerce in Stuart, Florida. How cool is that! They are going to disply it with a little plaque about where it came from. Great idea, Jim.
It's a bit cut off at the top, but that's Pop and me in front of my sailfish :0)
The only real treasure of value to me is my father's wedding ring. He has never taken it off since his marriage to our mother. As he aged, he lost weight. Even with his dementia, one day he freaked out because his wedding band wasn't on his finger. Linda found it in his bedding and put a bit of tape around it so it wouldn't fall off.
When Pop passed away, I took his wedding band. It is with great joy and with many good tears, that I will pass his wedding ring on to my grandson who is engaged to be married this fall. I hope it will keep him safe in the military and bring him much happiness when he glances at the ring thinking of his Great Grandfather.
Now, Jim is trying to get a permit to have a yard sale to give away the rest of the stuff in the house that didn't go to auction. Any clothes, etc. can go to places of assisted living and nursing homes. When Mom passed away (she was ill for a long time) I brought home all of her beautiful bed jackets and gave them to hospice patients at the hospital.
We are still in transition. It is so hard to lose your parents.
The reality of it all sucks :0(