It's Week 1 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants. If you've been following along, I hope you are feeling proud of how much you've written so far!
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The goal is to write - to get your memories down on paper before they are lost.
I vividly recall standing in a small room at the back of our house on York Street in Ajax. High above my head was a beautiful shiny silvery object. I loved that object. My mother and father and older brothers would go to it, and spin it round and round using its long handle. It made a noise too. I was fascinated - to me it was so shiny and beautiful! I couldn't reach it but I wanted to touch it so badly.
Years later I found out that my beloved object was a pencil sharpener. Remember those? They hung on the wall at school in every classroom. It must sound odd but that shiny object was so beautiful to me and so fascinating. I often wonder if that is when I first developed a love of patented every-day items. I collect antique coffee grinders and scales and I'm fascinated by and drawn to other patented mechanical objects. Who knows why a simple pencil sharpener would fascinate a little girl so much but it did.