We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We don't have room for every single old sentimental object, Mrs. BD informs me. Furthermore, she does not want our home to "become a museum" for my family of origin. I agree with that.
So the question at hand is this: To throw out my Dad's rocking horse - or not? There is no place for it. The horse looks like it has had chemotherapy, but really it's just the result of 3 generations clinging to its mane to hold on. The ears, too.
Reminds me of Rosebud, from my Dad's favorite film.
Give it to a children's toys charity. Find one that patches up old toys. A children's hospital or something like that could get a ton of joy to a ton of kids from something like that. Great legacy for a loved toy.
My father-in-law crafted a hobby horse almost identical to this...originally a fully realized work of art, and it now looks about the same as this one for the same reasons. It is sitting somewhere in storage, in need of repair, the previous riders are now in their thirties.
I had a friend hose father mounted an antique carousel horse on the brick wall in which a fireplace was set (the room was very tall ceilinged and the horse was no way full sized). There are always decor options other than having it take up floor space.
Hooray for keeping Rosebud the horse! A good coat of sealant and he can go almost anywhere; as a towel holder in a bathroom, hidden among some plants on a porch. At the foot of a bed draped with an extra blanket.
I can't get the image of the carousel horses from "Mary Poppins" out of my head. Is he by chance related?
OK, now that you are keeping the horse with no additional concern beyond where, what do we need to say to get you to keep those reindeer? You must keep the reindeer. It would be heartless not to. Surely they can fit with your other Christmas decorations?
Keep her for sure. I like the idea of using her as a blanket holder at the end of the bed, maybe you have an old quilt to drape over. If you fix her up a little-not too much-maybe the entryway would be nice. I have a few toys that belonged to my aging father when he was very small and I will keep them forever. I bring them out at Christmas and put them under the tree. Your little horse would look nice by the tree at Christmas, or maybe by the fireplace with a big red bow around her neck and a nice new plaid blanket.