Altho I was born here in Florida, I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York. Next to my house was a empty lot that all us kids used to play in all the time. One especially fun activity was sneaking in the house and "stealing" one of our Mom's spoons to dig in the empty lot!
Most times we just dug for the sheer childhood joy of playing in dirt and getting completely filthy :)
One afternoon during one of our many juvenile excavations I unearthed this:
I thought it was just a cool rock formation and was fascinated by what "nature" had made.
I kept this odd looking "rock" for many years, always considering it a special and unique find but never thinking it more than just a rock.
When I was around 13 years old my class went on a field trip to Eisenhower Park, a huge park in East Meadow.
Back then there was a small museum that featured the history of Long Island. As we walked around looking at all the different displays I noticed one highlighting Indian utensils and tools. And much to my shock and disbelief, there in the case was my "rock"!!!
It turns out, my "rock" was something called an Indian Paint Pot!
The Indians native to Long Island used rocks and mud to form small bowls and pots in which they stored the decorative face paints! AND I FOUND ONE! I was beside myself with childood glee!!
When I got home that afternoon, I told my parents about what I had seen in the museum. Not sure that this wasn't some wishful thinking on my part, they agreed to take my brother and I back the next weekend along with my "rock" and really check out what I had seen!
Practically bursting with excitment, the Fluffy Family set out for the museum in the park. Sure enough, there was my "rock" in the display case and in my hand! The two were identical! We took my newly grand Indian Paint Pot (since it was no longer a mere rock!) to the curator's office and he confirmed that what I had found was the geniune article!
I've kept this artifact over many moves and many years and it's still as special to me as it was the day I found it.
To me, it holds the history of my land and it's first people as well as so many childhood remembrances.
I is for my Indian Paint Pot and the immeasurable pride I have to possess it.
I promised myself no knitting posts until the
albatross Diamond Fantasy Shawl is finished....and I'm getting close! So i'll be back soon with socks, shawls and a sweet orange kitty!