Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Surprise Package




A great surprise arrived today. My cousin (her uncle and my aunt were married) sent me a German Bible that had belonged to my aunt Louise. Unfortunately, the Bible does not have a printing date, but my aunt was born in 1910, so I am guessing that the Bible was from the early 1900's.
There are several surprises in the Bible. A funeral card or two reminding me of when family or friends died many years ago. I also have my father's German Bible. Aunt Louise was his sister, but my father had an older Bible printed in Germany and dated 1843.
I feel so fortunate to have these beautiful leather bound books that are so very old. It makes family connections so much more important

4 comments:

  1. What a treasure for you, Susan! Your ties to family are like taproots.

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  2. Mom, Great stuff. It is also good to know that the true treasure is inside the book as well. :)

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  3. I had a flashback in church last Sunday. Pastor James relayed a story about remembering how his Grandfather always read the bible in the morning. Can you confirm that Opa did this as well, and I would remember seeing him sitting in the kitchen in his "spot" reading? E

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  4. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Those books are so much a part of our history.The bookmarks are priceless, especially the ones that slowly curl in your hand. I have my father's Psalter Spiel and Heilige Schrift setting on the commode here at home. Do you have the pic of you, Marian & me in our garb sitting on the church bench? No one could begleid (harmonize) like Theo, it was beautiful. cb

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