Tick and lots of tocks
Updated: Sep 15, 2020
By Katie Collins
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LIFE - The sounds of ticking and tocking once echoed through the house every moment of every day. Whether they’re on the wall, a shelf or a table, my dad’s many antique and modern clocks can be found on display because it was the one thing he collected.
People collect lots of random items, many of which have no meaning and others that do; I for one, once collected colorful ceramic masks that line the walls of my room and my mom has an endless assortment of Hall teapots, even though she doesn’t drink tea. I don’t recall why I started my collection and I doubt there’s much of a story, since they’re not old and were randomly added to the walls when I found them.
Whether it be dad’s clocks or the tea pots, it’s interesting to consider their histories because each one came from somewhere, many years ago. From the clocks for instance, my favorite of them is a grandfather clock that was once in a fire that might have come to New York from Germany. Beside the fire, its history is unknown since its been in our living room for more than 20 years. They say if walls could talk, what about clocks. That is the only clock that continues to tick and tock because keeping up with the others is just too much of a task. There is a peacefulness to the sounds because of its history, even though TV must be muted or conversation paused when the gongs occur every hour. I think it's probably because the grandfather clock offers more memories and seems the most unique since it's so large and unlike any other but the grandmother clock that stands nearby, but is shorter and doesn’t compare in the ticking or tocking.
I never asked my dad why he collected clocks, but there’s such a variety that now I wonder. As a child I had no choice but to tag along when my parents would go antiquing in what to me, was the antique capital of the world, Hawley, PA. Today, the many shops that once offered items of absolutely no interest to me, are no more. It’s unfortunate because I have a different appreciation for antiques. Times have changed. Unless one looks at ebay, it doesn’t seem as if antiquing is as popular as it once was. I don’t know why, but it's a shame because antiques make each home different since the items are likely to be one of a few available and can’t be found in the modern day chain stores.
Whether it be cars, baseball cards or Beanie Babies people are certainly still collecting anything and everything that interests them, but I hope there’s a meaning and story because that's what makes a collection special and probably unique.