Sunday, March 16, 2008

A thoughtful gift

When I was a little girl, my grandma had this cool bowl that was always present at family functions. It was cream colored with a little orange flower motif and a gold rim. It was such a permanant fixture that I never really thought about whether I liked it or not; it was just Grandma's cool bowl.

When Grandma died, the bowl passed down to my sister Suzette. I didn't think much of it. When I got married, I noticed my mother-in-law Vonnay had a couple of bowls and a few other pieces with the same flower motif, so I asked her about it. She said they were made by Jewel Tea, which sold its wares door-to-door in the early & mid-part of the 20th century. I've admired the pieces greatly from a distance, especially a creamer and sugar bowl that would fit in nicely with some other creamer/sugar pieces I've gotten from Vonnay, my grandpa, and my mom. After dinner at her house a few months, I requested that if she ever felt the need to part with any of the pieces, I would like first pick. I meant, you know, in the way distant future; I certainly didn't expect them any time soon.

So, imagine how excited when, after dinner last night, Vonnay told me I had a few treasures in the bag she had placed in my car. I eagerly asked if I could see the contents before we left. To my delight, she had carefully wrapped up the creamer and sugar bowls for me. With a hug and a kiss, she told me to find a special place for them to be shown. I felt a little guilty at being greedy, but very grateful also. These will have a doubly special place in my heart, since they will remind me both of my kind grandma, and my sweet mother-in-law.

Since they are so pretty and make me so happy, I wanted to share them with my friends & family who visit me here. Are there special items you collect? Am I the only greedy daughter/daughter-in-law who asks for their inheritance years in advance?

The sugar bowl. I love the little pointy lid!

The creamer.

It's almost a shame that I don't drink coffee and they will never be used for their true intent.


Amy Sorensen said...

oh, I am jealous! Those pieces do bring Grandma right back into my memory. I'm happy that you received these!

Lucy said...

With all of us sisters, there are some pretty long lines to get some of my mother's stuff. I admire you for speaking up. She probably was very flattered that you admired her things.

Jeff & Kayci Bitton said...

How neat! I never really liked those when I was younger but the last few times at my mom's I really started to like them! Lucky you!