You're a widow with a baby and have just survived a long, cold winter in a small cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Utah. What type of special gift would brighten your spirits?
Fabric for a new dress -- of course.
Fresh beef or venison -- always a welcome gift to restock your larder.
A visit from a friend or perhaps someone to help chop some badly needed firewood.
Any of these things would be greatly appreciated, but what about an organette?
Never heard of them? Neither had I until watching a television show one night that got me wondering about them.
Organettes are a small hand-cranked reed organ, usually designed for tabletop use. Popular from the 1870s through the early 1900s, hundreds of models were manufactured, playing thousands of tunes. Hymns, popular music, classical - they were all available as you turn the crank. (info from The Organette Music Repository at www.organettes.com)
In My story, A Tug At My Heart, Zed brings Catherine a presents of an organette.
Being so far away from civilization,
this would be like giving her a radio, something to bring music into her home and she is thrilled to receive it.
The pictures here show you a few types of organettes.
Hopefully when you read that chapter, you'll have an idea what an organette is and why she is so excited to receive one.
K. R. Baileywww.KRBailey.com