A saw-fish rostrum, or snout, that was given to me a few years ago by a friend and craftsman who was helping renovate my house. Originally from Florida, he had caught the saw-fish when he was just a boy. It seemed rather appropriate given the saw-fish is often referred to as the “carpenter shark”.
An Egyptian glass eye inlay dating from the New Kingdom period, 1550-1070 B.C. Composed of an obsidian iris, white glass sclerae and blue glass lids with extended cosmetic line, this fine inlay was part of a pair that once decorating the lid of a sarcophagus. Reserved for only the wealthy or privileged, sarcophagi carved to resemble an individual and decorated with semi-precious stones would help to further insure safe passage to the afterlife.
My wife and I bought an antique silver-plated baby rattle just a few days before our daughter was born. The rattle had stood the test of time, as evidence by the dents and surface wear it had lovingly acquired. Who knows how many children may have clutched the small toy, listening to the noise it made when shaken –perhaps- realizing for the first time, that their actions created sounds.
As a new parent, proudly cradling my daughter, so many people felt compelled to tell me “…enjoy every minute, they grow up so fast”. I hated hearing it. I try to live my life without regrets and this constant reminder of the ‘terminal velocity of parenthood’ made me feel as though it was already too late. Now, of course, I find myself repeating the old adage to new parents…because it was just yesterday when I held my baby girl.