December fragments #26

Something to think about when you’re tidying up the wrapping paper?

How objects are handed on is all about story-telling. I am giving you this because I love you. Or because it was given to me. Because I bought it somewhere special. Because you will care for it. Because it will complicate your life. Because it will make someone else envious. There is no easy story in legacy. What is remembered and what is forgotten? There can be a chain of forgetting, the rubbing away of previous ownership as much as the slow accretion of stories.

—Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: a hidden inheritance



Filed under December fragments 2012

3 responses to “December fragments #26

  1. miles

    i feel this way in second hand stores…

  2. oh yes, and flea markets too… and do you remember the church bazaar in Monaghan? I still have the guide to birds of the UK 🙂 Let’s go shopping soon, Miles xx

  3. annabelsmith


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