Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ernest's High School Sweater ~ A Favorite Thing

My father-in-law, Ernest, passed away in 1985, at the young age of 58, from the dreaded disease of cancer. His death hit the family like a ton of bricks, so unexpected, so quickly the end came. Ernest's mighty presence will always be missed, but The Man and I are blessed to have a few treasures that belonged to him.



Every fall, this sweater comes out of the closet and is hung up in my foyer. It is Ernest's high school sweater, and even though it has a few holes in it, and the color has faded in places, I find great pleasure in the memories it must contain. That's why it is one of favorite things.

I've been joining in the fun party at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, where Claudia showcases our favorite things. Hop on over, if you have a few minutes.

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19 comments:

  1. I just love this sweater, Dayle. It must be such a wonderful memory of your father-in-law. It looks to be a pretty good condition to me! I'm sure you and your husband treasure it.

    Thanks so much for joining in on the party!

    xo
    Claudia

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  2. What a great item to have! I love that you display it in the fall.
    hugs, Linda

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  3. I just love it. The color is awesome. I have my husband's old sweater and letterman's jacket too.

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  4. How nice to display his sweater each fall. It must bring back wonderful memories for you.
    Balisha

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  5. What a wonderful reminder of a beloved man. How awful that he passed away at such a young age- xo Diana

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  6. Mmmm. This is delicious comfort food today.

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  7. You have such a love for your entire family.
    So charming is his high school sweater!

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  8. Awwwww, that's a nice favorite thing, Dayle, especially with the memories it evokes.

    Thanks so much for your visit and comment today. Love when you stop by. Susan

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  9. What a treasure...and the display is wonderful!

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  10. How wonderful that you have your FIL's sweater, what a lovely ritual and tribute.

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  11. Oh, I wish these letter-sweaters might become popular again!
    The way you've displayed it ... almost nonchalantly, is genius!

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  12. Uh ... I meant to say "purposely nonchalant." (No offense!!!) Almost as if as teenage Ernest were to walk in the door any moment.

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    1. I knew what you meant. It was a compliment, so thank you! :)

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  13. I would love it too. What a treasure. Visiting from MHC. Olive

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  14. I love these mementos of special people, too cool.

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  15. What a wonderful thing to do, Dayle! You're so lucky to have that little piece of history to remind you of someone you cared about so much. It looks wonderful there and this is the perfect time of year, as students resume their classes, to remember when he was a young student, too.

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  16. I love the sweater and even more so because of the story behind it. I often ask my grandparents to tell me stories from their youth and I treasure those stories. I would guess Ernest did have great memories in that sweater. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Hi Dayle,
    How special to be able to have your FIL's sweater to bring out every year and be able to relive memories.How sad he passed away so young.
    Have a good week
    Barb from Australia

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