I haven’t talked about it with a lot of people, but my grandmother passed away in early November. I truly could never fully express how much she meant to me. I’ve thought about posting the eulogy I wrote for her funeral, and I will when the time is right, but for now I’ll just give you a little insight into my slightly more humorous response to her death.
First let me make something clear: I am not a nic nac person; I do not collect things; I do not enjoy clutter. My grandmother however over the years accumulated a lot of cool “crap”. She was an artist, world traveler, and loved to order stuff out of catalogs. When she passed away most of her stuff was donated or given to family and friends, but not before I had the heart breaking (yet entertaining) task of combing through her many things. That experience was full of many tears and laughter. I don’t handle loss the greatest, and I tend to hold a lot of emotions to myself. However this time, my denial for the lost of my grandmother presented itself in a weird sentimental “hording” of sorts. If asked whether I wanted something of hers I pretty much just said, “YES!!”. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was saying yes to a lot of stuff I didn’t really want. Now that my head has cleared I have found new homes for some of the things I collected, and its very entertaining to make fun of some of the things I actually took from her house. Anyway I did manage to inherited a lot of cool jewelry. One of the things I was given was this neat little leather bracelet. It had an in graving in the inside, Scuola del Cuoio, Firenze.
The city of Auburn, AL is under a tornado warning today. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, so I decided to look up the engraving of this bracelet to see if I could find any in site into where it might be from. Heres what I found out. One, its made of python! Two, it’s from a really cool place called Scuola del Cuoio. So here is a little history lesson for you…
Scuola del Cuoio was created after World War II through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930’s. Their mission was to give orphans of the war a means to learn a practical trade with which to earn a living. The Basilica of Santa Croce is the burial-place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. I inherited a 13$ Python bracelet from Florence, Italy! I can just imagine my grandmother, in Florence, selecting the little souvenir that I now wear on my wrist. Thank god for rainy day fun, and sentimental hording!