Time in a Paperweight

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van Dyke was an American Essayist and Short Story writer who lived from 1853 to 1933.  My grandma died in 1940 and this was her paperweight.   The container it’s sitting in was hers as well.


I never met my grandma as I was born many years later, but I have always loved her paperweight.

She used to work in the County Clerk and Recorders Office in Kansas because she had such beautiful handwriting.  This sat on her desk before she even married my grandpa.

As a child I used to spend hours looking at the world through this paperweight.  I thought it was a beautiful child’s world – even with all its chips and cracks.

Today, I still cherish this very old paperweight and I still look through it at my world – with all its chips and cracks.

And, yes, it’s still a beautiful world.

For those who love, time is eternity –  and though I never met my grandma, her love has been passed down through many generations.

Still beautiful
Still beautiful
My World Today
My World Today


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