My Grandmother's Box

My grandmother's box
My grandmother's box

My object is a small metal box that my grandmother brought with her when she immigrated to America from Russia. On the lid of the box is a picture of Russian folk art. My grandmother used the box to store her jewelry. When my grandmother came to America she could only bring a few things. One of those things was the box.
I chose my object because when my grandmother immigrated to America she was only allowed to bring one small bag with only a few things inside of it. When my grandmother and her family left Russia, they could not just come to America. Instead they had to spend many months traveling through various other countries to get to America.  This box taught me so many things about my culture. But the  most important thing is probably the fact that my grandmother was so strong and brave throughout the entire journey. My grandmother had to take care of herself, her husband, her mother AND her daughter (my mother) who was barely even 3 years old. 
My grandmother eventually made it to America along with my grandfather, mother and great grandmother. I feel so blessed to have this object to pass down to my future children and tell them the story of their ancestors.

Place(s): Russia

– BN

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