After my grandfather died, my aunt and uncle, who lived down the gravel lane from me, purchased my grandparents' house from the family trust. My aunt and uncle moved out of their farmhouse (which was originally my great-grandparents' farmhouse--are you confused yet?!) and their son and his wife moved into the farmhouse. In other words: there was some house-shuffling here on the farm last year.
My aunt and uncle had an enormous amount of work to do sorting through the 80 years' worth of stuff that my grandparents owned. Because I am the oldest grandchild, a girl, and live on the farm, and also because I am well-known for my sentimentality, I've gotten some special things over the past few years.
This photograph of my mother was in her former bedroom at my grandparents' house. This was taken when she was just out of college, I believe. A freshly-minted young lady with a degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia. She had that same beautiful smile her whole life.
When I looked at the photograph closely, I could see that she was wearing a little twisted gold and emerald ring (her birthstone), which I still own today. It's barely visible in this photo; I had to look very closely to identify it. But that's the one that sits in my jewelry box to this day!