As a kid I would spend hours looking through my grandpa's jewelry box. Among other things, in it, he kept merit medals my mom and aunt had earned in school.
Grandpa's jewelry box also had several pins. This is one of them.
Because they originated in what was at one time known as Russia, nesting dolls were BIG in Cuba. Nearly every household had a set.
My aunt left Cuba in the early 70s. When she came back to visit us about 10 years later, she brought my mom this bear charm. It had a creamy perfume inside. I wore it all through high school. I think it's now an Avon collectible.
My favorite thing I came across with was grandma's recipe book by Nitza Villapol. Nitza Villapol was the Julia Child of Cuba.
It brought tears to my eyes finding grandma's favorite recipes still marked (probably from grandma herself since mom was not much of a cook lover).
I love the binding (or lack there of).
I tied it with twine to keep it safe and added vintage silverware for good measure.
Mom did not leave monetary riches, but something much more valuable. Little treasures filled with memories instead.
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