Friday, April 8, 2011
The Oldest Thing I Own
The oldest thing I own is an old book that belonged to my Grandfather. It is about 50 years old. It is a book on jurisprudence - the philosophy of law - and he wanted to be a lawyer. Unfortunately, he did not go far enough in formal education to be a lawyer, even though he made it to magistrate (career magistrate). I loved him to bits.
He called me "Senior Brother", and died before I discovered I wanted to study law. Maybe I did it for him. He died sitting up in a hospital queue. He was 84 and very ill, but nobody would let him jump the queue.
I have never read that book - I never may. It holds much more than just the complex writing in there: life, love, sentiments, a deep bond.
What is yours? What is the oldest thing you own? What's the history behind it?