The greatest present given to me
was not found beneath a tree
a much more precious gift, you see-
one that brought back memories
In Granny’s garage, to my delight
nestled atop a fridge that night
I found an old, old antique light
and it was precious to my sight!
This was our first Christmas without Granny. My aunt lives in Granny’s house, but it will forever be “Granny’s house” to me. Even though she isn’t there, memories of her are everywhere.
We had Christmas dinner at “Granny’s house”, and I couldn’t help but wonder- were we going to talk about Granny at all? I figured everyone else was thinking about her and missing her, too. One of my aunts gave my mom a beautifully framed picture of Granny. When I saw it, it was as if Granny was sitting in that same recliner in the next room.
One of my aunts asked my sister and I if we wanted to go into the garage to look through some of Granny’s things that they were getting rid of. We walked out into the garage, and sifted through a few boxes of odds and ends. I saw a couple of oil lamps in one box, which reminded me of my favorite lamp that used to rest on the dresser in the back bedroom. This is where my sister and I slept when we spent the nights at Granny and Papa’s house.
As a kid, I was afraid of the dark. One of my earliest memories is of me being in a crib. I can picture myself looking through the crib slats, watching the lights go out and then watching the door to my room close. I would cry because I was afraid of the dark. I can remember always being afraid of the dark- especially when I slept in a different place.
But not at Granny’s house!
On those special overnight trips to Granny’s, I couldn’t wait to see that special lamp light up the room when I went to sleep! It had a beautiful gold hued glass globe around the top, and the black base had cut-outs of stars, which glowed when it was turned on.
That lamp made me look forward to sleeping over at Granny’s house. It shined light in the darkness and somehow made my Granny’s house seem magical!
As I remembered that old lamp, I looked across the garage to where the old fridge sat. There it was, clear as day- resting right on top. I didn’t even know that lamp still existed! I asked my aunt if I could have it, and after she checked to see if it was ok- she said it was fine for me to have it.
I couldn’t wait to get the lamp home and clean it up! I washed the hurricane glass and the globe, and then found a bulb to put inside. The off/on switch was broken, but as soon as I plugged it in, it came right on!
And just like flipping that “on” switch, then came back all the memories of being a kid at Granny’s house. Granny may be gone, but her light shines on…
You, Lord, are my lamp;
the Lord turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29