The story of Ralph

My maternal grandparents have been deceased for many years. My grandfather Ralph Morin died when I was about 10 I think. I really am not sure anymore exactly when. My Grandmother Loretta (Young) Morin passed away in April of 1968 while I was away in Australia attending school. By today's standard's they both died young in their early 50's. You ask what this has to do with Ralph? Well at some time during their life together Grampa Ralph gave Grammy Morin a mink stole. Through the years my Mom had it. I don't think she ever wore it but she kept it. Last November my Mom passed away and my sisters asked if I wanted the stole. I of course said yes. Not because I would wear it although it was lovely. I never had anything that belonged to my Grandmother after she passed away. Anyway... Ralph was made from that mink stole. I waited to name him until I saw how he looked. He definitely looked male to me...otherwise he would have been Loretta! Here is a photo of my grandparents. I'm hoping one of my sisters can find a photo of my grandmother in her mink stole.

8 comments:

MagdaleneJewels said...

What a beautiful story. Ralph is adorable. Having lived with my grandparents my whole life, I know how special they can be. I too inherited "the mink stole". It has been used in a few of our plays. I don't know if I could cut it up, but what a great idea to made a teddy bear out of it. Treasure the memories they left you.

Myfanwy said...

What a lovely story. It makes him REALLY special. Now you can have a hug with your grandparents whenever you wish.

On a Whimsey said...

What a lovely story and thank you so much for sharing. Your teddy, Ralph, will always be extra special and hold so many memories for you and your family.

TiLT said...

What a wonderful story. It is very fitting that Ralph, such a cute little guy now - great job on him, came from such a cherished treasure. Nice way to keep a keepsake around for years to come :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That is a beautiful story! I love how you found a way to up-cycle the stole that you wouldn't have worn :)

Chauncey said...

lovely story Dayna and very cute bear!

Diane ~ said...

I totally agree with every one.. it's a beautiful story! & what an unique heirloom this will always be! I also inherited a mink stole...can't part with it but won't wear it either. Your story & Ralph have given me a perfect solution! ♥

TNT2008 said...

What a wonderful story! How you saw a bear out of a stole speaks to your creativity. He is so adorable and what a way to have your grandparents in your lives for generations to come.