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The Button Tin

DenaSeptember 16, 2012

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My grandmother collected buttons in a red and yellow tin. As a girl, I played with those buttons for hours and hours and hours. I sorted them by size, by shape, and by colour. I named them. I made them into families. I knew which ones were friends and which ones didn’t like each other. When she left us it was the only thing that I wantedโ€”the button tin.

When I am sad or stressed, I dump those buttons onto my desk. Just like I did when I was a little girl. I put her records on and I sort and sort and sort until all of my troubles are far away.

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Comments (8)

  • Hafsa Zaroual

    September 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    That is both heartbreaking and yet warm and beautiful. I too used to play with buttons. My mother had a tin which turned into a sewing box full of buttons… I hope my little sisters don’t scatter them because I always thought of it as my collection. I love organizing them myself. I love your blog and I had you bookmarked for a long time but for some never never made it an official follow on blogger. I did today ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing.

    1. Dena Botbyl

      October 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you, Hafsa. I am so grateful that you’ve found me. <3

  • Hafsa

    September 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    That is both heartbreaking and yet warm and beautiful. I too used to play with buttons. My mother had a tin which turned into a sewing box full of buttons… I hope my little sisters don’t scatter them because I always thought of it as my collection. I love organizing them myself. I love your blog and I had you bookmarked for a long time but for some never never made it an official follow on blogger. I did today ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing.
    gobarra.blogspot.com

  • LouMello1

    September 17, 2012 at 8:21 am

    It’s so nice to have something to remember someone, records would be my choice since they can be so emotive and personal.

  • Joanna

    September 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Your Grandmother’s buttons are beautiful… I too have my Grandmother’s buttons. This is such a lovely and heartwarming post. xoxo

    1. Dena Botbyl

      October 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      xoxo

  • Nomadic Samuel

    September 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This is a gorgeous collection of buttons. This is lovely post and it makes me think of my Grandmother who passed away recently.

    1. Dena Botbyl

      October 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks, Samuel. :o)

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