Sunday, August 8, 2010

Boom!


Now that my grandma has moved into an assisted living apartment, she didn't have room to keep all her stuff. She had an estate sale when she moved up north a number of years ago so she had already gotten rid of lots, but she still had quite a few mementos from her lifetime of travels. Mementos like this little iron cannon.

According to my mom, my grandma and grandpa picked it up in the 1950s during a summer they spent living in Mexico. Grandma even had the gun powder container it came with, with the price still on it - six pesos. Six pesos in today's currency is about fifty cents; makes me wonder what the cannon cost in those days.

I have very fond memories of firing it from Grandma's front porch on New Year's Eve. So when it needed a new home I immediately asked if my house was an option. Of course, as soon as we got back to the island we had to test it. It is such a little cannon, we didn't realize quite how loud it was going to be. It sure packs a wallop!


Now we just have to decide what memories to build with it for our family. New Year's Eve? Good report cards? So many possibilities...

10 comments:

kate said...

My son would not be able to leave that alone. He would think it was the best thing ever.

Allie said...

Isn't that the darlingest thing - I think you should announce dinner with it every day, lol!

Brigide said...

Wow! That is so cool!

Val said...

And the funny part is that noone on the island will think twice about hearing the canon go off, as they merrily blast away up there every day!

kawaii crafter said...

It's so cute! I think you should continue using it for New Years.

Linn said...

You made me smile, thinking about your whole family out on the porch celebrating a good report card with a loud boom!

cindi said...

that is so cool, i really didn't think it would shoot!

Diane said...

Awesome!! What fun that will be for celebrating special events.

Marcia said...

Ah, Traditions! Very fun!

Pat said...

It reminds me of the yacht cannon the Scouts use for raising/lowering the flags at the fort.
Try having one of those go off in a small room (the infirmary @ the Scout Barracks) my left ear still rings from that.
Pat Steele
Vernon, MI