i felt so excited when i got it out of the box and held it in my hand. kept looking at it and touching it the rest of the evening. it is in front of me now. i feel like i really connected something from the past with me in the present - and it feels good.
You and I often connect on so many levels, Lee, and this is one of 'em. You know from many of my posts - and acquisitions - I'm a huge fan of the tangible because that tactile sensation immediately connects me with positive past experiences. Despite the fact my hands are about twice as large as they were at the time - I suppose I'll coin a term - the tactile memory remains. When I've found one of these treasures online, say on eBay, my heart beats a little faster.
I've loved sometimes carrying one of these treasures in my pocket and, as you did, just touching it as a form of reassurance...and nobody knows.