joy magnetism: Vatican memories...or not, actually




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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Vatican memories...or not, actually

Magnet #33 - Vatican City

Well, since I forgot to use this for Easter, but I figure some will appreciate my using the Vatican for my 33rd magnet.

I’ve never been to Vatican City, but feel so much as though I have.

The earliest memory I have is a picture of my mother’s best friend, Uncle Oscar, with Pope John Paul II. At the time, Uncle was a young priest assigned to the Vatican.

In the mid-80s, my mother went to visit Uncle Oscar, and came back with a rosewood rosary, presumably blessed by the pope. What I’ve never been able to tell is whether or not rosewood actually smells of roses, or if it was just magically, overly infused with the scent of roses. Because man, talk about an olfactory memory – I can still smell the roses that wafted out of the souvenir plastic casing.

Oh, and let's not forget the The Thorn Birds - there were several scenes set there, though I'd bet my bottom dollar it wasn't allowed to film on location.

This dimensional magnet was from my sister's visit to Italy during her Peace Corps stint. I love my dimensional magnets - they're always superpretty and interesting to look at. And, no, I have not a clue if that's what they're really called...I'm makin' up my own magnet nomenclature until some other magnet collector sets me straight.

*crickets*
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2 comments:

John said...

That's an awesome magnet. I kind of like the three-dimensional magnets. (I have no idea if that's what they're called either.) They're interesting to look at.

Julie said...

so... i haven't read in awhile. sometimes i forget about google reader! anyway, YAY! one of my magnets made it onto the magnet blog! word. thank gordon for helping find some of the CHEESIEST magnets that italy has to offer. word.