A Vintage Rosary

When my cousin brought out this rosary, I knew immediately to whom it had belonged.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
My grandmother’s rosary. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I recall her holding the silver beads in her hands while praying. I remember as well running the beads through my fingers, admiring the workmanship. Often as children we would admire the small silver purse that the rosary was kept in, exclaiming in delight at the small chain links.

When I look at my grandmother’s rosary I see not only the craftmanship of years gone by, but I also see her face. I recall her voice and her smile. I think of the moments we spent together when she came to stay with us.  It is memories such as these that keep her close to me in my heart.

What things remind you of loved ones that are no longer with you?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post is linked to Frizz’s A-Z Challenge and Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

34 thoughts on “A Vintage Rosary

  1. This reminds me of an assignment I had for a photography class. We had to capture a person, through his or her belongings and the person couldn’t be in the photo. I took photos of my sister’s toys. She’s still around, but she’s no longer a toddler.

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  2. That’s really lovely, Colline, and what precious memories it brings back for you. I have a Chinese jade and gold pendant which belonged to my Gran. My mom used to wear it all the time after her mom died, but now she’s in a care home and having jewellery there is not advisable, so she gave it to me. I’ve always admired it and will treasure it.

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  3. I have a rosary too Colline 🙂 It belonged to my Mother and is kept in a little special box .
    That’s a lovely photo memento you have now as well !

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  4. Lovely post Colline – and what a treasure for you! My great aunt was terrified of thunderstorms and I can remember her praying the rosary and trembling every time a storm was near. As for me, I have the mother-of-pearl prayerbook my mother carried during her wedding. She wasn’t one for honoring treasures though, so it has her notes, reminders and phone numbers written all over the inside covers LOL. I smile every time I look at it because it was just so HER not to care 😊


  5. What a precious keepsake Colline. Most of the jewelery I own is inherited from my mother and gran, but what I value most is a bunch of handwritten letters from mom 🙂


  6. So glad I spotted this, Colline. I glimpsed it on Paula’s Thursday’s Special but didn’t visit for a proper look. I commented to Paula how beautiful it is though 🙂 Glad I’ve now read the story behind it.

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  7. I have the rosary my mother had as a child. I had no idea that she had one until she died and we were going through her things. She was raised Catholic but converted to Episcopalian when she married my father.


  8. What a lovely way to remember your gran. My gran used to be very good at Scrabble. I still have the notebook we used to ‘keep score’ with her characteristic scratchy writing where she kept score, and my childish font where it was my turn! She was a very strict player!


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