June 19, 2007
I've been very fortunate to be on the receiving end of many things from my Grandmother's home, her piano, countless silver and crystal pieces, old gloves, hats & pins. I even have her wedding dress, but the items that mean the most to me are from her kitchen. Items she used in her every day life like her pedestal cake plate, mixing bowls, one handled rolling pin and cast iron skillet, give me a connection with her as a woman. I use these pieces daily and smile as I do. I love the sense of history I feel whenever I am in the kitchen using these heirlooms. I'm sure to most these items, with their lack of monetary worth, would not be given a second thought, but to me they are priceless. I make pancakes most every Sunday morning using her bowls and yeast rolls most Sunday nights using her rolling pin. The older I get the more value I give to things that have a sense of history. I become more aware that there was an entire world that came before me and that these bygone times are worth celebrating and remembering. I do this most days in ways that are small but meaningful to me. I'm trying to make it a point to teach my girls an appreciation for those that came before us and what their lives were like, to teach them of their history so they can better understand who they are.