Last year I purchased The Little Book Of Virtues perpetual calendar at the Hinesville, GA Goodwill. I wrote a blog post on this: The value of a Goodwill book?
I’m trying to keep up with using this perpetual calendar. I keep it on the hutch of my computer desk, so I can look at it while I BLOGGGGGGG as my husband calls it. When I am a sitting here for hours he will ask me, “Are you working on your BLOGGGGGGG again?”
The little wooden soldier is from that long ago Prague shopping trip. I had gotten a blue soldier and a red one for each of my sons. They were never really much into my knickknacks gifts. However, when we sent our oldest son to Russia for a study abroad he brought back several gifts for me – the red little Khokhloma box in the photo. He also gave me a Russian cookbook and a very beautiful tea-pot:
There is a red bird crystal tray from my time in Pershing in 1980-1981, behind the tea-pot – not sure if this was one from my husband or his friend. His friend egged on my husband, by giving me pieces of this crystal as thank-you gifts for my husband and I allowing him to stay with us in our apartment. He had unexpectedly found himself without an apartment, due to a romance gone wrong. He needed a place to stay until he PCSd back to the States. Each time the friend gave me a piece of crystal, my husband came home with a fancier piece the next day. After several days of this, I told both of them to quit with the crystal competition.
In case you couldn’t read the quote for today’s date on my perpetual calendar:
“Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men… have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”
— John F. Kennedy