Day 333/365 SP Hands of Time

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© Andrea Petersen
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Blessed is he that readeth. and they that hear the words,.. and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand...
Revelation 1:3
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This is an old mantle clock that was passed down to me..It was a wedding gift to my late grandparents on my mother's side of the family when they got married in 1907... Today I was dusting it and it gonged 12 times..it surprised me because I have misplaced the key to it and had not heard it gong for several years.

Here is a little story about my grandfather:

Grandpa was a large framed man with the classical features and high cheek bones of a Swede. He was a very handsome and colorful imposing individual..His parents immigrated from Sweden when he was seven years old..

One of the family stories told to me as a child was of the vision that my grandfather saw of his departed grandfather whom he had never seen in real life.. Grandpa woke up to see the spirit form of his mother's father who lived in Sweden, sitting by his
bedside...He was smoking a pipe and had a red bandanna around his neck. He also noted the type of clothing that he was wearing. Grandpa was 14 at the time but he was very frightened and hid beneath his blankets..When he looked again the apparition had vanished..Later that day his mother received a telegram that her father had passed away the same time that my grandfather had seen his spirit which fit
the description of his grandfather.

The story is proof that there is a heaven and a paradise beyond death...

17 responses

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Before I read your story, I was going to comment about the spiritual feeling this photo evokes in me. Beautiful capture Andrea....!!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    What a great story of your grandfather! Nice sp too!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (3 Jan 2010):

    Andrea, the photos the last few months have gotten better and better and better, and this is probably my favorite. It is little wonder that the clock, ringing twelve times after having been silent all these years, would remind you of your grandfather, and his grandfather, and the oral traditions that have been passed down. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    That would surprise me also, to have a clock that has not gonged in years to suddenly do it 12 times! This is a great story about your grandfather, I love it! Your SP is very nice.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Stunning looking clock and love the story to go with it..

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    What a great story to go with this heirloom. I totally believe tis story as I have had similar experiences personally. I do thank you for sharing the story with us..Your photography of this is really very nice!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Amazing story and great "Victorian" photo here

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    What a lovely story and SP today Andrea!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    That is an incredibly beautiful clock and such a wonderful reminder of your family. I agree with Richard about your self portraits. They do get better and better and I am going to miss them when you are done.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    another great one Andrea! Lovely!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    one great memento, Andrea!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Among your best, Andrea. Thanks so much for sharing this story. I'm really going to miss your SPs.

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown   gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    This is a lovely SP, Andrea. I know you treasure this lovely clock, knowing that it belonged to your Grandparents. Thank you for sharing the story of your Grandfather with us.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    The velvet jacket gives this a Victorian ambience. The clock is fabulous, and I love the story. Wonderful SP.

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful portrait here! Well done.

  • ~Tizy ~

    ~Tizy ~ gave props (9 Jan 2010):

    I love it ! I am an art lover! I love old thigs. I collect old thigs! I have a Gustav Becker wall clock and it has about 200 years. I have it from my Grandfather

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (25 Jul 2013):

    Excellant presentation of emotion

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