- To Louise, You are fortunate to have in your possession sentimental and emotionally significant treasures in the form of ancestral wedding rings and signetMessage 1 of 4 , Jan 30, 2007View SourceTo Louise,You are fortunate to have in your possession sentimental and emotionally significant treasures in the form of ancestral wedding rings and signet rings.It's obvious from your recent posting that they mean a great deal to you. You are lucky to have them.Chris Gniewosz, in a recent posting expressed strong emotional attachment to his family signet ring while passing it down to his son. It's a delight to imagine the occasion.For every action there is a re-action, so I like to think that the fellow who befouled my father's trust, by stealing his signet ring, had a miserable life, even an unpleasant death.Maybe, today, my father's signet ring is comfortably in place on a ring-finger somewhere in the world, albeit, the wrong ring-finger.Thank you for the offer to send photos. It's very generous of you. However, it's a certainty that my father would not be a member of the group you refer to attending the party/re-union.Does PAF mean Polish Air Force? My dad served in an anti tank regiment. He never met a fellow Polish soldier he knew from the War after arriving in Australia.Dad tried to fit in by applying to join the RSL where he assumed there would be fellow Poles now resident, as he was, in Australia. But, the RSL refused him membership because, it was explained to him, the RSL was Australian and for Australian military personnel only. [At that time.]So, my father wiped his memory clean of his lost family in Poland, the horror of the War, the treachery of men, and Poland itself, and set about becoming an Australian citizen. He was a very good one at that!Konrad WraczynskiAdelaideSouth Australia----- Original Message -----From: luluSent: Friday, January 26, 2007 7:51 AMSubject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re:Grandfather's Wedding RingNot a minor one anecdote at all. My most favourite possession apart from my grandfather' s ring is my father's signet ring, even though it is a copy of the family crest.One of my saddest moments was about a decade ago when the top of my grandmother' s signet ring, which was white gold and platinum and worn beautifully smooth, fell off without me noticing. All the things it had seen and I lost it between my home and the bus stop. All I have left is the copy my father had made in the 70's. But I wear it religiously as it gives my a sense of my Polish identity. People comment on it all the time. One day (money willing) I hope to try and receate my gandmother's ring so I can pass it down. I have no idea if anyone does rings like that anymore.I wonder if your father knew my father? He had friends in South Australia, I presume from his time in the PAF. I know that some years before he died he went to someone's 60th or 70th birthday there and there was a major reunion. He brought back copies of photos of himself and them in Tasmania which I have and am happy to scan for you to see. All very dashing fellows.Louise BłażejowskaSydney, Australia
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