Grandma’s rocking chair has been in our family for years and years and years (in fact over 100 years).. It has many memories and means a lot to me, my mom and hopefully my daughter. How the chair came into our family is fascinating and though its only the beginning, I am having my mom tell it.
The Severence Rocker-
Auntie Elizabeth Ward ( more like GREAT, GREAT AUNT) came from Scotland,(From what I can tell) to Canada in 1800’s, to check on her daughter, then ended up in Cleveland, Ohio to work for the SEVERENCE Family, as their governess. There were 2 children that Auntie Ward would watch, and take care of. The Severence Children loved Auntie Ward and when she got old, they got her the rocking chair to get her through her old age. When Auntie Ward died, my Great Grandmother, Susan inherited the rocking chair. When Susan died, my Grandma inherited the rocking chair. In this chair, Grandma rocked my dad, and then later in life me . When Grandma got old, and had to go into a Nursing home, the Chair came to stay in my home and I inherited it. Since then I have rocked, you ( in our own special way) and your daughter. – As told by Patricia
Growing up, I have no memories that do not include this chair. This is the chair my mom sat in when my dog peed in her lap while he soundly sleep, Where I got into trouble ( as a child) for rocking too hard and was forbidden to sit in it again. It’s where my mom and I rocked my daughter to sleep. Where my mom has spent hours comforting me and my daughter during rough times. But here’s the thing.. This chair with out my mom is not the same. When my mom went on vacation, It was lonely not having my mom sitting next to me in her rocking chair, and I did not sit in it!
Even Our Animals love it! Our Cat Pity Pat seems to think the top of the chair is his resting place.. He will lay her dangling like he is going to fall and when he wants to get pets from my mom he “fixes” her hair.
I look forward to more memories of this chair, I look forward to the time when it will become mine ( not too soon though MOM) and when (MANY years down the road) I will have the ability to rock my Grandchildren to sleep. The history of this chair and what it means to us is great.. and I truly marvel at how one Object can truly impact your life soo much.
Is there an item that has been in your family for Years? What does it mean to you?