5 August 2006

I never knew...

My grandmother's wedding ring was made from a spent bullet casing.

Like so many other Europeans, she sold her original ring during the War, to feed her starving children.

After the War, refugees in Europe did anything to survive. One man made wedding rings out of spent bullet casings. My grandfather bought one for my grandmother.

The love of my grandparents, and the horror of that war, resided inseperably on my grandmother's finger until the day she died.

7 comments:

Summer Rose said...

This is something you don't hear all the time. I call this a gift of real love, not only that a gift of real meaning. I'm sure if she were still here today she would tell you stories that would surprise you.
S.R.

hasarder said...

It's amazing the things you find out after someone dies. Partly because we never think to ask. But with my grandmother, it was partly because she spoke very little English, and partly because I was scared that if I asked her about the war she would cry.

DZER said...

that is such a great story; I've never heard of this kind of thing before ... very cool :)

Stinkypaw said...

I'm always fascinated by what old Europeans went thru, a very touching story.

Everytime my mother in law talks about when they left HU she always cries, so I understand not wanting to ask her about the war. It must have been horrible, and yet their love showed thru and that is beautiful!

Maegen said...

A bit ironic...

I came in my living room this morning to catch up on some blogs I've completely abanonded owing to the fact that my mom has been visiting me and we've been travelling. I showed my friend, who had been sleeping on the couch, a souvenir I bought in Sarajevo. A shell that has beautiful engravings on it.

Many of the shells, after the war, were turned into art that could be sold. At first I thought it was a bit calloused. But now, I can remember Bosnia and that sadness everyday and remember that it's over. I can show my students a tiney bit of war, and what hate can do.

It's good to have reminders.

hasarder said...

DZER - I've got a bunch of other equally freaky stories about her!

Stinky - it seems like another world sometimes, what they went through.

Maegen - That sounds amazing. Could you put a picture of it on your blog? Or email me?
I think it's a great sign, not calloused. It shows that they refuse to be bowed down by war, they refuse to let it break them or take their humanity away.

Maegen said...

check the blogche- pics posted. i have more pictures of war damage in Sarajevo and Mostar. I can't wait to here your thoughts on the post.