Island Life: Bringing Things Home

One of the first things I remember from visiting Grandma Cleta’s house was the beautiful curio cabinet in her living room, filled with precious mementos from her and Grandpa Larry’s travels.

Of course, we children were never allowed to touch the cabinet, or the lovely clock that sat on top of it, though its Big-Ben chimes every fifteen minutes were the gentle, musical soundtrack to our visits.

When Grandma Cleta died, Mom inherited the cabinet and clock. They now held pride of place in her living room, still filled with my grandparents’ treasures, though Mom and Keith added a few of their own items to the collection.

We lost Mom to cancer in July of 2018–three years ago next week. My stepdad Keith was just starting to move out of his grief and begin the next phase of his life when he too passed, suddenly and unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm, at the beginning of 2020.

Then the pandemic hit. We had to indefinitely postpone Keith’s memorial service, and my brother had to pack up the things we wanted from their house and put them into storage, until it was safe for me to drive across two states again to get them.

That trip finally happened, in late June.

More words and LOTS more pictures on my blog!



About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.


Island Life: Bringing Things Home — 2 Comments

  1. I have things that came to me from ancestors. There is a set of wine glasses – only three of which survive now – which are these glorious pewter base matched with a crystal goblet – one of the surviving ones clearly parted company between these two things and was mended REALLY BADLY with visible glue but the other two are pristine and I treasure them. Then there’s the porcelain animals I remember seeing in my grandmother’s cabinets when I was a little girl – particularly the elegant white cat, and the rabbit with the broken ear (again mended, but this time not so glaringly obviously…) so yeah. I completely grok the treasure aspect of it all…

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