The Cherished Blogfest: What holds special meaning?


I signed up to be a part of the Cherished Blogfest, hosted by Dan AntionDamyanti BiswasPaul RuddockPeter Nena,Sharukh Bamboat. Over the next three days, bloggers will share a short post (with or without pictures) about an object they cherish.

My Cherished Item


After moving last fall, I learned that a lot of the stuff I owned was not cherished. Parting with items I’d collected over the years was surprisingly easy.

One item that has been with me for many years is my father’s Valet Chair. My father passed away when I was a little girl and my memories of him are limited. He was in the Army and his assignments in Vietnam and other places forced him to spend more time away from us than with us. 16mm home films and stacks of old photographs filled in a few of the gaps in my memory.

After he was gone, I remember opening the seat of the valet chair and finding army green belts with brass buckles folded neatly in one of the compartments. Shoes strings filled the other section. Those meager offerings felt like lost treasure at the time.

The chair sits along the wall of my bedroom often holding jackets or folded clothes. Easily overlooked but never forgotten.

Please visit folks sharing during the Cherished Blogfest. Want to see the list? Want to join in the fun? Click here for the Linky Tools link.

24 thoughts on “The Cherished Blogfest: What holds special meaning?

  1. Elsie – what a sweet post with bittersweet memories. I’m sorry you weren’t able to share much of your life with your Father. I have never seen a valet chair although I recognized the hangar part. You are so right about how special and mythical the drawers can be, and I’m glad yours holds remnants from your Father’s life. Moving does have a way of separating what we hold dear; you keep his memory with you in this way.

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  2. That is a lovely story and I can imagine that having the chair around is a comfortable reminder. My father died a long time ago, and I have many of his things around. I can almost imagine the thrill of opening that seat for the first time. Thank you for participating in the blogfest and for sharing this beautiful memory with us.


  3. Opening the chair and seeing items as your father left them makes this even more cherished. Even though you use it for other things, it is like your father is always with you.


  4. “Those meager offerings felt like lost treasure at the time.”
    That says everything. This chair represents so much for you– thankyou for sharing it with us, and for participating in the cherished Blogfest. I’m overwhelmed with the loving memories being shared this weekend by all the participants.

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    • I agree The Cherished Blogfest gave me the opportunity to be introspective and I’m grateful. And I feel lucky to have learned about the many items others cherish as well. Thank you for helping organize this event!! (an for stopping by 🙂

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  5. Lot of emotions and feelings going through my mind at the moment. I can understand why this valet chair means so much to you. Very nicely written and it connects with the readers instantly. Thank you for participating.


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  7. It is amazing how we associate sentiments and memories with objects. I can understand why this little piece of furniture means so much to you!
    Seeing a valet chair for the first time! 🙂


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