Only two objects left to go! Can you believe it's nearly the end of the month? That it's so much nearer to the festive season? Nor can I. Anyway let's not run away with ourselves. There's still today! And for that my object has a religious tone to it...
...it has St Christopher on one side and Jesus on a cross on the other. I'm not religious, by the way. Not in any formal sense. I was christened Church of England when I was a wee boy and that's my religious history beginning & end. But this cross, to be worn around the neck, is a gift from a special lady and I treasure it.
When I was 18, I studied for my first year of A Levels at Upper School, rather than college. And we had the choice, in our timetables, to do sport or community service. Hello? Need you ask? So I became the gardener for a little old lady called Anne Grace. Over time, the hours spent gardening dwindled and the ones spent sipping tea, listening to her tales of India, increased. I was still doing my job, it just changed to that of friendship. She had few visitors other than family & I was a willing ear to chat to. Even with about fifty years age difference between us, we became firm friends.
Anyways, it was during this time, I finally passed my driving test (and that is a tale all by itself but for another day). And to congratulate me, Anne dipped into the few pennies she had and bought me this St Christopher. It never left my neck for the next few years. And when I stopped wearing it, I carefully placed it in a box and there it stays. One photo and one gift are all I have now to link me back to Anne and the memories they bring back. I'm a sentimental sod I know.