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WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 03-Aug-15 23:52:38

Chatting to a neighbour earlier about our weekends and she asked about this watch.
All names have been changed...

Emma (40) was chatting to her granddad at a family do.
Granddad randomly gave Emma a gold watch, saying 'it needs a battery'.
It belonged to uncle Albert.

Uncle Albert was married to aunt Victoria. Aunt Victoria is grandads younger sister.

Uncle Albert was always seen as a controlling husband. He didn't want kids, so they never had any.
They lived a couple of hours drive away from Emma, but Emma used to visit a couple of times a year, with her gps.

Emma knew uncle Albert, but doesn't remember spending much time with him, apart from "hello, nice to see you" kind of thing.
Then him not being around much while they chatted with Victoria.

So, although not close, Albert wasn't directly controlling or hostile to Emma.

The watch is gold. High street name. Probably available in Samuels or similar.
Nice, simple analogue watch.

Emma asked what she should do with it?
Albert and grandad were never best friends as grandad thought Albert was bullying his sister.

After Albert died (20 years ago?), Victoria went a bit "doolally" and blamed random people for random things. Possibly early dementia.

But Victoria has cut off contact with grandad.

I suggested Emma just keep the watch, in the back of a drawer somewhere until she can find out why it was suddenly handed to her.


I forgot to ask if either her or her teen ds actually liked the watch enough to wear it!

WorraLiberty Mon 03-Aug-15 23:57:13

I don't really get the problem?

So a granddad has given his granddaughter a watch.

Why wouldn't she keep it?

SiobhanSharpe Tue 04-Aug-15 00:07:24

Seems a little unclear -- Is it possible Grandad was suggesting/ asking Emma to sort out a new battery for the watch for him?
And he expects to get it back?

Salmotrutta Tue 04-Aug-15 00:23:54

Why didn't Emily ask her Grandad why he was giving her the watch?

musicalendorphins2 Tue 04-Aug-15 01:05:56

Probably she should write to Victoria and be sure that she doesn't want her dead husband's watch? Was it grandad's right to give it away?

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Tue 04-Aug-15 08:53:00

Sorry, I as a bit confused after the whole conversation too!

Emma isn't sure why she was given the watch. They were at a very busy family party, so there wasn't time to ask (other than grandad saying he doesn't wear it)

Grandad didn't like uncle Albert, so won't wear his watch.

Emma is confused, if she wears the watch and sees other family members, would they think it strange ? It's obviously a mans watch.

Or would people not really notice?

If anybody asked, she would probably blurt out it was uncle albertswithout thinking.

And is it right to wear something that used to belong to a bully?

Aunt Victoria has gone pretty much NC, due to the control of uncle Albert and the onset of dementia/depression so nobody can ask her.

Did I get it right by suggesting she keep it for a bit, but forget about it?

19lottie82 Tue 04-Aug-15 08:59:45

I'm confused, Granddad gave his GD a cheap watch. And?

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