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Cllr Rev Ann Easter, assoc minister and chaplain to the Queen knows priceless does not mean expensive

PUBLISHED: 10:01 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 27 April 2016

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I saw in the news that a chair has been sold for £278,000!

It’s a very ordinary chair, the sort of thing you’d get for a fiver in one of Newham’s excellent second hand shops– but this one’s special because it was the chair that J K Rowling sat in to write her first two Harry Potter novels, books that have entranced millions of children and adults around the world.

J K signed the chair and wrote around the back and legs – I wonder if the person who bought it will offer it out for aspiring authors to have a sit on?

And that got me thinking about the value of things. Jesus was pretty strict about not investing our hopes in earthly treasures, where moth and rust doth corrupt, but actually, the reality for most of us – and certainly for me - is that we do have things that are very precious to us - but that’s usually because they have a story.

My dad was a dear man who gave us security, stability and lots of laughter and music; he was a lovely carer to my mum, who had multiple sclerosis, and it was he who taught my sister and me to make dresses and to bake scones.

It was heartrending, but a huge privilege, to care for my dad when he became very ill and the day came when he went into hospital for the last time. I packed his bag and included, as per his instruction, “a couple of nice, clean hankies” because my dad was the sort of man who always had a handkerchief in his top pocket – even in his pyjamas! – just in case.

Over the years, the nice clean hanky had been used to bind grazed knees or mop up tears and so when he died, I brought those hankies home and couldn’t bear to part with them.

And on important occasions such as when I was presented to Her Majesty, or the children were married and grandchildren christened, one of his nice clean hankies has always come with me – it has no value – but it’s priceless to me, just as he was. More from Ann


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