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My great-grandfather

My great-grandfather lived in a large house and his house was full of things because he never threw anything away. In his attic there were lots of old things for instance a large pile of magazines from the 1940's that my great-grandmother had bought in the past. I enjoyed reading those old magazines. The clothes, the way of speaking and everything else were different at that time and it was an interesting way to learn more about the past.

My great-grandfather had a large box full of family photos. Unfortunately we don't know who those people are. My great-grandfather knew them, but he was almost blind so he wasn't able to tell us the names. My great-grandfather had a moped from the 1930's and one day he decided to give the moped to my brother. He thought that my brother would be able to use the moped as transportation, but it didn't work anymore so my brother just thanked him and left the moped outside our house.

My grandmother always tried to persuade my great-grandfather to throw some of his things away, and sometimes she threw things away behind his back. I think that is one of the reasons why his hoarding never got really bad. I loved the fact that he kept all those old things, it was almost like a visit to the past.

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LadyTrouble wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:43 AM

My great grandmother was much the same with keeping old things. I remember a piano that she had that I used to love to go up and play, it hardly worked but it was very cool.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:07 AM

With the photos - even though you don't know who they are, I urge you to scan them in. If he's anything like my great-grandfather then he'll have had 6-8 or more kids - your grandparent's brothers and sisters - and they, too, might have had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. who might like to see them.
And that gives me an idea for a great post :)

Porcospino wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:26 AM

That is a good idea. My great-grandfather had 11 brothers and sisters. They are all dead today, but I know that there are children and grandchildren.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:55 AM

My grandmother kept a lot of things also. But she lived through the depression so was worried about not having enough again. But she still kept a very neat house despite that. It was surprising what she had

Dawnwriter wrote on January 25, 2015, 1:37 PM

My grandfather was also like that but my grandmother was a complete opposite. they compromised by keeping old stuff in a room and I was amazed to see old bicycle, gramophone record and other stuff. It was like this room belonged to another era.