Most of you who read me know I traveled quite a bit during my corporate life; round the world from London, to southern Europe, the mid-East, sub-continent and Hong Kong, Mexico and Brazil. I regret never having gone to Japan, northern Europe or Russia. I bought the Japanese doll and a kimono for my youngest during a trip to Seattle.
I always brought something home from a trip abroad, probably due to guilt. You see I left her home with the kids while I flew off to Rome or Paris. Friends thought I had the perfect job.
It got old. I quit and took a job for a lot less money which allowed me to go home every night for the last ten years of my working life. It was the best of times.
In any event I have a lot of what Brooklyn old folks called tchachkes – small things some not very valuable – momentos of trips to far away places I will never see again.
Now don’t get me wrong – I bought some nice things as well – a complete set of Rosenthal china; a custom made Rosenthal blue fondue pot with four plates, porcelain and steel forks, which I haven’t used since the seventies. But I also bought trinkets.
After she passed in 2004 I moved to Florida with my two daughters to be closer to family and their cousins. I bought a new house which I still live in; each of my girls married and began living their own lives. One is close by and the eldest a morning’s drive. When compared to Miami or downtown Tampa, I live in the boonies which I will describe as “semi-rural”.
Outside my home it looks like this:
So here are some pictures of the old man’s house with no stairs and his tchachkes – his momentos of far away places. I did all of the decorating myself so if you don’t like it you can blame me!
Inside my house
and some Tchachkes!
Hope you liked the old man’s place!