An Empty Cot

sad cot

This is on display in London’s Museum of Childhood, amidst a variety of child sized furniture and toys. But this one stands out – not for what it is, but for what it is not.

A baby sized bed should hold a baby, a miracle, the start of a life, a celebration of family and love.

But this one is different.

It was found in an attic years after it held a baby. It was born in India but didn’t live long. Because it died of disease, the parents could not bear to use it for their other children, and yet they kept the cot.

So much pain in such a small object.

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6 thoughts on “An Empty Cot

  1. This really illustrates that in most homes we have objects, family treasure if you will, that have powerful stories to tell. We need to seek them out and tell the stories before they are lost to future generations.

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