A Christmas Walking Cane

On Friday, I remember a single moment from the past week.

walking-cane-5“Hand me down my walking cane”

The most unusual Christmas gift I received this year was from my older daughter who thought that since my 84-year-old bones can’t handle much walking any more, I would enjoy a cane that commemorated all of the walking I’ve done in the past in some beautiful, wonderful places – most of them with her at my side.  She found just what she wanted at an antique store in Lebanon, Ohio – a vintage cane with metal tags commemorating hikes the owner had made.  It so happened they were tags from German places which we had visited over 25 years ago.  She bought a few more tags on eBay and I have a good start on a cane that reflects some of our trips:  Berchtesgaden, Herrenchiemsee, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Indiana, Monticello, Gettysburg, Antietam, and Gateway Arch – St. Louis.



I love the worn and well-used look of the cane right on down to the tip.


I know more tags will be added – we haven’t even touched on Ireland and Switzerland yet, not to mention numerous places in the U.S.  I might need another cane.

The walking cane will have a treasured place by the fireplace where I can see it every day and think of all of the memorable walking I’ve done in my life.




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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

15 thoughts on “A Christmas Walking Cane”

  1. What a great idea! Not only can I do this with my mom now, my daughter’s other grandparents are getting up in years as well and they are still my family – her grandmother started using a cane only 2 or 3 weeks ago. For about 30 years, they traveled to Europe every summer and walked everywhere……….I think this will make a great present for Holli to give her for her birthday this spring. She will love it!

  2. What a find – it must have been waiting for your daughter to claim it for you! I’m always impressed by the thoughtful gifts your family exchanges and this one is truly exceptional.

  3. Your daughter has done it again. Both of them are so good at finding unusual, but very fitting, things! Or making them. I’ve never seen nor heard of a cane like this, but I think it’s a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. This post gave me goosebumps and a smile. What a thoughtful daughter you have. Please give here a hug from this blogging friend. Aging is a challenge and losing the ability or opportunity to do something we’ve done our entire life is not easy. I know this for a fact. But this cane with its destination tags has to bring a smile to your face. It is a wonderful celebration of a life well lived. 🙂 Here’s hoping 2017 is a healthy and happy one for you and your family. 🙂

  5. This is such a beautiful gift. I look forward to hearing your adventures when you go to Ireland and Switzerland! Be well Lillian!

    1. I don’t expect to be doing any more traveling, but we visited Ireland and Switzerland some years ago and now look forward to searching antique stores and eBay for some plates for the cane.

      1. I’m sorry to misunderstand! Hmm I’ll keep that in mind though. I hope you do find them!

  6. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Great gift!!

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