Week 8’s prompt from Amy Johnson Crow for 52 weeks 52 ancestors is Heirloom. Growing up there weren’t many items that many would describe as “heirloom’s” but there were several pieces of furniture that had been passed down to family members. One such piece is the “washstand”.
According to Naomi Parish Phillips, the “princess dresser” was purchased after a good rice crop by her father James Monroe Parish for her mother Edrina Graham. Edrina passed away soon after receiving the gift.1
The “princess dresser”, which is now called a washstand, remained in the Parish family household and was used by family members. It was eventually inherited by another Parish family member, Nell Parish Smaihall. Nell placed the washstand in her daughter’s, Larnell, bedroom for.many years. As with most heirlooms the was cherished and children were warned to take great care when playing nearby as to not damage the chest.
Nell surprised everyone when on the eve of her granddaughter’s wedding by announcing the washstand was being given to the bride, Melinda Dosch, as a wedding present. Melinda has lovingly and proudly displayed the washstand in every one of her homes.
1 Phillips, Naomi (Parish). “My Life Story”, 1972, Copy privately held by the Dosch Family Archives (Address for Private Use) Magnolia, Texas. 2015.
Intelligence, humor, and loyalty are the major characteristics of my valentine, Doug Culpon. The stuffed dog is from the first valentine’s day we shared in 1981. When I received this gift Doug had “created” a sign with straws and taped it to the dog and it read simply “Happy Valentines Day” I love you.
Why would he give me a gray poodle? This is a joke between us – that I am a reincarnation of the dog he had growing up – Suzette
Time flies when you are having fun. This is Chase Culpon celebrating his first birthday in Port Neches, Texas.1
Fast forward 29 years and Chase continues to enjoy celebrating his birthday with his mom.
Chase turned 30 in August 2017. Hurricane Harvey and his father’s illness disrupted planned celebrations. Family and friends finally celebrated Chase turning 30 in December at Yakiniku Futago in New York City. His father and I are proud of the man that Chase has become.
1Melinda and Chase Culpon, photograph, 1988, privately held by Culpon Family Archive[address for private use,] Magnolia, Texas,[Photograph taken during first birthday party of Chase Culpon, Port Neches, Texas].
2 Denise Paccagnini, Melinda and Chase Culpon Celebrating, photograph, 2017, privately held by Denise Paccagnini [address for private use], New York, New York, [Photograph taken at 30th birthday celebration of Chase Culpon at Yakiniku Futago restaurant, NYC]