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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Story of the Watch




Yesterday I had a little tribute to my Dad. In it I mentioned his watch, and said there was a story behind it. As I thought about it, I realized it is a junking story, so I thought I'd share it with you. Maybe I got my junking gene from him. Who knows???????

One day dad came in the house carrying this broken watch he had found in the street in front of our house. It was a Bulova and the cool thing about it (for him) was that you could see through it to all the mechanics of the inside. He was a bit of a computer and gadget geek (that's an understatement) and loved this watch. He took it to a repair shop, had it fixed, and the crystal replaced. He wore that watch for the rest of his life. He replaced the band several times, but the watch remained a "prize" for him.

Now flash forward a few years, I had started dating Roger (who I met at my parent's business). I had told Roger the watch story. Well one day, while talking with my dad, Roger looks at the watch and proclaims "I lost a watch just like that several years ago". Of course Dad was, as he would say it "flabergasted", but Roger couldn't keep a strait face very long and they both had a nice laugh.
I now have the watch safely tucked away in a keepsake box. It stopped running years ago, and probably only needs a battery to get going again.

You can see him wearing it in this pic taken in the 70's.


And this one taken in about 1981

When Roger saw me writing this post, he said "you have that?" I said yep, and he said he wanted to take a look at it someday. And my Dad's brother bought a Bulova that is see through because it was "like" dad's. I guess we never know what "thing" people are going to associate with us after we are gone. I'll keep the watch forever as well as a few other momentos from his life.

His life was more than these things of course. But they are a collage' of the man who was, and a bit of what he left behind.

8 comments:

Vee said...

What a cool story! Too bad that Roger was just kidding as I love neat tidy endings for found objects.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Neat story, Margo. And don't you favor your Daddy, just a tad bit? ~Mindy

Fiona Duvet...Shoppe Bunny said...
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its so very cheri said...

The best treasures are your memories

Shelley said...

Hi Margo,thanks for sharing the story about your dads watch. Your Dad seemed to be quite an interesting man...it's wonderful you have such neat keepsakes from his life....
Have a blessed week...Shelley

trash talk said...

Margo, be sure and print this story out so you can keep it with the watch. It's wonderful!
I love that Roger gotcha'd your daddy. Makes it even a greater story...kind of a twofer!
Thanks for clearing up the mystery of the watch.
You know, Bulovas have gotten very expensive in the last few years...quality and style whether bought or found, just never goes out of style.
Debbie

bucharoo said...

What a touching story and tribute to your dad. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

What a sweet story..... I love that you still have the special watch.....
Thanks for the well wishes..... they mean a lot to me..
HUgs
Linda

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