Spend an evening with your grandmothers! I spent this evening with one of mine and left with some goodies that Emma would adore.
While she was going through jewelry - she wants me to know what came from whom, why certain pieces were important to her, as she won't be with us much longer — it was the sweetest thing ever to hear some of it.
These were my great-grandma's. She used to wear them to church...and while I'm not big into bugs, I will be sporting them with a lovely brown or blue cardi sometime soon!
This was quite possibly my FAVORITE piece in her whole collection. The teapot and cup with little chain as the tea just screamed Emma to me! Couldn't resist it! Grandma said she never even wore it!
This last sweater-clip was from my other grandma, actually. A long, LONG time ago (probably age four or five) I was going through her jewelry box without permission and she caught me and gave me the matching poodle pins. I just found a chain from my broken jewelry box - it needs a longer one - but this works for now.
Grandmas are so giving. A few "oohs" and "aahs" is all it takes to snag a piece of vintage jewelry they're probably not wearing anyways. That and a hug accompanied by a long, dreamy flashback about grandpa's love letters from WWII. Although she couldn't understand why I wanted a sweater-clip so badly...that can be our little secret.
Katie's right. When I was growing up, my family lived in the same house with my grandparents. I come from a blue-collar working family, so my grandmother didn't have much in the way of possessions, but she did give me a few pieces that are priceless to me. Most importantly, I have her handwritten cookbook, filled with the recipes my family enjoyed around the table each and every night of my childhood.
Whether you walk away with pretty vintage sweater clips, handwritten cookbooks, or photographs, make some time for the important women in your life. The greatest reward will be the memory.
Thank you, Katie, for sharing your memory with us.