Little Legacy: Matilda Duck

Penny over at Alexander Residence has come with a lovely idea for a linky:

Little legacy is a remembrance project, a positive and creative place, to celebrate small things handed down by predecessors.  I am going to post one every Thursday. If you want to join in at any point, either as a project or a one off, there's a linky below and more information here. 

I wanted to take part because I instantly thought of Matilda. Unfortunately I can't show you a photograph of her as she if carefully wrapped up in a box in the attic. I shall have to describe her.

Matilda is a small, intricate, metal duck sat in a metal nest. The whole thing is about the size of an egg, with Matilda hinged on one side so that she lifts up and small objects can be places inside. For several decades she resided behind the sliding glass door in my Nan's cabinet, awaiting the arrival of her owner's four grandchildren of differing ages to squeal with delight over what she had laid. Magically, she laid different things; a few bronze coins, a jellybaby, a Fox's Glacier Mint, a creme eg. The possibilities of Matilda's magic was endless.

When my nan died, mum put her little trinkets out on the table and asked the four of us to choose things to remember her by. I eyed the contents and my shoulders sank to see the lack of Matilda. Mum noticed this and, after my brothers and sister had gone home, she gave me Matilda with the message that she had been saving it for me as she knew how much it meant to me.

Just writing this has filled my senses with the memory of my nan.

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  1. says

    What a magical treasure. I can imagine Matilda so well from your description, and the fun it must have generated. Will you be bringing Matilda down from the loft when your boy is bigger, I bet he will love it?
    You've made me think I should ask my children to choose something to remember their Gran, can't believe I didn't think of that sooner. They are obsessed with the bits and pieces she collected on the mantelpiece.
    Thanks so much for joining me 🙂

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