Monday, June 5, 2017

Pinket Revisited

A while back, we gave both our children some of their things we had kept from their childhood days.  Our son took his Christening gown and baptism items, his religious education certificates and achievements among other things.   His favorite lovey was included in the items.

Interestingly enough, the item to which our baby son became attached was a blanket that had been his sister's.  An ordinary pink baby blanket with a satin border.  As he began to add words to his baby sounds, he called the blanket "Pinket."  (Obviously a combination of "pink" and "blanket.")  This blanket and another lovey were with him constantly until he was three or so.  The other item was a small stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh.  Ironically, it also had belonged to his sister who never cared much for it.  (Her constant companion was Eeyore.)  If our toddler son wasn't carrying the two loveys, they were surely somewhere close at hand.  He called them "PinketandPooh" as if it were a single word.

Fast forward if you will to 2017 and the arrival of our lovely little Violet.  Violet's parents are fortunate to have some good friends who are excellent photographers.  One of them came to do a newborn photo-shoot when Violet was two weeks old.  Our son sent me a picture of the photographer taking one of the photographs.  The message was captioned, "You might recognize the blanket."  And there was tiny Violet covered by Pinket.  The same blanket that covered our son forty years ago.  (And his sister three years before that.)

iPhone photograph taken by our son
She is indeed a tiny little girl

If you click to enlarge the photograph, you will note that the edges of the blanket are frayed.  Over time, the satin border became detached.  I bought the pink satin to sew on a new binding but my husband objected.  He felt replacing the binding might attach too much importance to the blanket.  I suspect that he also thought that the blanket would unravel without the binding and shrink thread by thread.  But somehow the blanket remained relatively intact despite the constant use.

You can't imagine how thrilled I was to see the photograph of our dear granddaughter covered by Pinket.  Who knew when we gave the items to our son that he would have his own daughter so soon? Oh, we are blessed.


Carolina Linthead said...

Beautiful! I love this story and the picture. BTW, the Catawba Rhododendron are really coming on at Craggy. I also loved the pic from Friday of Lucy adjusting her pillows for another nap :D

The Bug said...

You know that phrase "I can't even?" Well, I can't even with how cute little Miss Violet is! Precious! And even more precious with Pinket...

Barbara Rogers said...

Great story, and I'm thrilled by the blanket/Pooh story, and it's new use with Violet. She's so precious!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What a precious and tiny granddaughter you have. And a wonderful post about the things your son obviously treasured and is now sharing with Violet.

Nance said...

Violet looks as tiny and pretty as her namesake flower! And how touching that your son shares your sentimentality.

Arkansas Patti said...

My how tiny that beauty is. A little fraying of the blanket may shrink it a tad but can never diminish the love your son attached to it and has now passed on. What a sweet story. Good job Grandma for hanging on to it all these years.

KB said...

I love seeing the fraying on the edges... and thinking of the new generation using Pinket. You are a wonderful Grandma!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this story so much. Violet covered in the warmth of pinket love! She is so tiny and beautiful. Your hearts must just leap at the sight of her. So much love all around.

Lowcarb team member said...

I so enjoyed reading your post here, such a very nice story, thank you for sharing.

Wishing you a very good weekend

All the best Jan

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Linthead - We have several rhodo tunnels in our woods but we still drive to Craggy almost every year to catch the beauty there.

Bug - Thanks. She is such a sweet baby.

Barbara - I have a feeling Pinket was brought out only for the photograph. Violet is indeed precious.

Beatrice - She is a tiny thing, not yet six pounds. Both my babies were over 8 pounds so she sees especially small.

Nance - Interesting how some little ones become so attached to a lovey.

Patti - I have a few more surprises for them. Some things you simply have to hold on to.

KB - I only wish they lived closer. But she is a delight.

Robin - Yes, love definitely surrounds our Violet

Jan - Thanks