Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:23 pm
When I was about 10 years old my grandfather showed me his watch, it was a big cumbersome pocket watch with a key on a chain to wind it every day. It was a railroad engineers watch. My grandfather had been a railroad engineer starting in 1890 on the Florence/Cripple Creek narrow-gauge railroad and then on to the Durango/Silverton narrow-gauge and later on many different railroads throughout the rockymountain west. He loved the railroad, he hobo'd on the railroad, he worked from Chicago to Helena to Santa Fe on the railroad, he lost his arm in a railroad accident in 1923. He was fired from the railroad the day after he lost his arm.
In 1901 he saved enough money to buy a railroad engineers watch which he wore, he winded, he set every day. It was his single most important personal possession, he wore it with a gold chain that the key was attached to.
He promised me that someday when he died the watch would be mine, my eyes were very big when he showed me his watch.
My grandfather died at the age of 99 in 1973 and after the funeral my father told me he had my grandfather's watch and he would have it cleaned and adjusted before giving it to me for which I thanked him.
I never saw the watch again.
Today 12-27-09 I got an email from a friend of my mothers, she said she had been to visit my mother on xmas day and saw a large pocket watch on the table, she asked my father about the watch and he said f"oh, that's the watch Edgar (my grandfather) left to Bob Rea (that's me) I took it to be cleaned but I never gave it to him because he cared more about his grandfather than he did about me, I don't know what I'm going to do with it"
My mothers friend said to my father "how about if I take it and send it to Bob Rea?" He said "ok, I really don't care what you do with it."
Maybe in the next week or so I will have my grandfather's watch.

 
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:29 pm
@dyslexia,
sounds to me like the old guy is warming up to you*.

you better post pix when you get 'em.



















*(he'll be plenty warm soon enough...)
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:29 pm
@dyslexia,
Quote:
but I never gave it to him because he cared more about his grandfather than he did about me

Wow?! That's a mean spirited grudge.

Hopefully, the watch is functional still. Still what an amazing (though late coming) treasure.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:30 pm
@dyslexia,
well, did ya?
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:33 pm
@dyslexia,
If I was her, I'd pawn it.

Joe(yes, I would)Nation
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:34 pm
@dyslexia,
Oh, wow. I'm very glad to hear this, Bob Rea.





(My grandfather's gold watch was stolen from the stuff I had stored with my first gallery in the seventies; I blame it on the cokehead theater director or my first gallery business partner's son, also a coke fan at the time. It was in a box of "treasures" among many other boxes. My grandfather died in 1929, so I never met him.)
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:46 pm
@dyslexia,
I once had my grandfather's sterling silver pocket watch which he bought in New York City while accompanying Tsar Nicholas on his round-the-world cruise whatever year early in the 20th Century that was. My grandfather, whom I never met because he died before my mom married my dad, was the Kappelmeister (band-leader) aboard the Tsar's "yacht", the Standart. He accompanied the Tsar everywhere on his travels. When at Tsarskoie Selo, the Tsar's summer residence on the island which is now a part of Estonia, my mom and her sister, who died young, were playmates of the anemic Tsarevitch.

Anyway, I no longer own this time-piece. I had to recycle it during some very hard financial times about 40 years ago.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:54 pm
@Merry Andrew,
I wonder if your mother and aunt ever had the pleasure or displeasure of meeting Grigori Rasputin.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 05:59 pm
@tsarstepan,
I somehow doubt it. I think my ma would have mentioned it if she had. She knew who Rasputin was, of course.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:01 pm
@dyslexia,
I hope you get it.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:02 pm
@dyslexia,
Quote:
Today 12-27-09 I got an email from a friend of my mothers, she said she had been to visit my mother on xmas day and saw a large pocket watch on the table, she asked my father about the watch and he said f"oh, that's the watch Edgar (my grandfather) left to Bob Rea (that's me) I took it to be cleaned but I never gave it to him because he cared more about his grandfather than he did about me, I don't know what I'm going to do with it"
My mothers friend said to my father "how about if I take it and send it to Bob Rea?" He said "ok, I really don't care what you do with it."
Maybe in the next week or so I will have my grandfather's watch.


He didn't care what was done with the watch, when he knew it was actually meant for you, dys? Your father's a real charmer, isn't he? Neutral
I really hope it does arrive in the next week or so. That would be wonderful. Please keep us posted.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:10 pm
@dyslexia,
Whaddaya know? I've ridden the Durango/Silverton narrow gauge. The Denver & Rio Grande Western (the old name) did have a nicer ring to it, but the tracks from Durango to Silverton are still there, the trains still run, and the fireman is not a featherbedding position. The one I talked to is friendly, very muscular, and really shovels coal into the boiler. On the north bound trip, he shovels lots of, and I mean, lots of coal. Too bad everone elso associated with the line is so bitchy.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:12 pm
@dyslexia,
The part of me that believes a little Jewish guilt is good for everyone thinks you should send your father a sincere "thank you" note saying you are glad he decided to let you have the watch after all these years. You can mention that you never forgot it and always looked forward to it's return. I understand you two will never be close, but sometimes it's better to douse the bad energy with some good.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:43 pm
@Green Witch,
Green Witch wrote:

The part of me that believes a little Jewish guilt is good for everyone thinks you should send your father a sincere "thank you" note saying you are glad he decided to let you have the watch after all these years. You can mention that you never forgot it and always looked forward to it's return. I understand you two will never be close, but sometimes it's better to douse the bad energy with some good.
he didn't decide anything, he simply allowed a mutual friend to intervene.
msolga
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:49 pm
@dyslexia,
No way around it, dys, your dad is a mean old grouchy devil!

I feel like giving him a jolly good smack! Laughing
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:53 pm
@dyslexia,
He could have said "no, he can have it when I'm dead". When I see mean spirited people suddenly do something like this I think it's because they have regrets and don't know how to make it right, so they pass the good deed on for others to do. It's cowardly, but somehow revels a struggle in their conscience. Just my pop psychology reading of the situation. At least you have your grandfather's gift back.
Intrepid
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 07:28 pm
Reminds me of when my grandfather died several years ago. He left me his car. My father took it and sold it.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 07:31 pm
@Green Witch,
That's how I read it, and Dys and I talked about. But then I remember, or think I do, that the father is staying in the same nursing home. Still, how did it get on the mother's table..
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 07:55 pm
@dyslexia,
Well, once you get the watch you have Lady Diane take a picture of yourself
and the watch smiling from ear to ear and send it to the old goat. That will
teach him!
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 08:00 pm
@CalamityJane,
Let me suggest the more humble and modest approach of sending your father a thank you card for "holding the watch all of this time". Let bygones be bygones and not feed into the father's irrational grudge. Maybe your father Dys could learn a positive lesson from his wrongheaded decision to hold back the watch all these years.
 

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