Some of the things we own are more than they appear. A bicycle may be your key to helping keep calm when life feels overwhelming. A single photo can connect you to a family member you never had the chance to meet.
In these videos, two women share the unusual stories behind their most meaningful possessions.
What possession means the most to you?
Most Meaningful Possessions
Anita: Vincenzo is the love of my life.
I felt like it was this grand love affair, and so I wanted to give my bike this really romantic name that signaled how beautiful it was and how much I loved it.
The nickname for my bike is Giovanni Vincenzo Bianchi. [Laughs.] Weird.
When life has gotten hard or it seems unmanageable, I will get on my bike and I just go where the day takes me.
Vincenzo is always there for me when no one else is. I had gone on a trip to Japan and I was there for the earthquake in 2011, and when I came back I was very affected by it. And there were a lot of other things in my life that weren’t going very well at the time. So I would get on my bike and was forced to breath deeply and so it would always calm me down and put me in a better mood.
My name is Anita, and my bike, Vincenzo, is my most meaningful possession.
Leah: If you left your car doors open, Suzie would usually jump in and honk the horn for as long as she could.
So I was going through a lot of old photos, and there were all these photos of my grandpa in his Army days in his uniform, and all of a sudden I saw this photo, and I just, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at, and I turned it over and it said “Suzie.”
My grandfather was stationed in Alaska during World War II with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decoding messages, and apparently Suzie was this bear who would come into camp, and she liked to sneak into cars and honk the horns as long as she could. It was her favorite thing to do.
I never got to meet my grandfather. He passed away when my dad was still young. And I really would have liked to get to know him. But I like having this photo because it really connects me to him in that sort of moment of laughter, and the fact that it makes me laugh reminds me of his sense of humor that I’ve heard so much about over the years.
I keep the photo right by the door. And there was this one time where I’d had a really long day at work and was feeling really tired, but I came home and I was able to put down my keys, and there was that photo of Suzie to make me laugh.
My name is Leah and my most meaningful possession is a photo of a bear named Suzie.