This object means a lot to me because it was given to me as a gift by my grandmother. This cross belonged to my grandfather. My grandmother gave it to me because she told me it was one of the few things that she still had that had belonged to my grandfather, who died in 1998, two years before i was born. She told me, "this was your grandfather's cross. Take good care of it just like he did."  He took his cross everywhere he went, as a symbol of protection. Since I was one of many grandchildren that didn't get the opportunity to meet my grandfather in person, she told me, "this is for you.  I am giving this cross to you just like your grandfather would've done if he would've still been alive today." I keep this cross in my room by my bed. The cross was an unexpected gift that i received the year my grandmother migrated to the U.S. to reunite with her kids and grandchildren. It means a lot to me, because my mom has told me stories about my grandfather and how he was a very religious man. Having this cross in the same condition I received it in gives me the image of my grandfather, even though I never really met him. 

Place(s): ecuador
Year: 2010

– Michael

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant