Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Family heirlooms

Just before leaving Mom's house this spring, I took the spoons and plates in the dish drainer and put them away in the cupboards and drawers.

And in the utensil drawer lay memories. In all the work and focused effort to get the house on the market, my brothers and I had steeled ourselves to be unsentimental, to select only a few keepsakes, to avoid accumulating more junk, more things. And we did well.

But in the last fifteen minutes I spent in that house, I found these - the cutter Mom used when she made biscuits, and this Scottie-shaped cookie cutter. I remember making sugar cookies with it.

I wrapped them in a scarf and brought them home with me. Who could leave those memories behind?

Mom's house has been sold. She got the price she wanted. The closing is in mid-June. The first week of June, the company we contracted with will conduct a sale of the contents of the house.

We took what we needed. The rest will go to someone else to love.

13 comments:

Queenly Things said...

It is a far, far better thing you did than I could ever manage on my own. You picked the very best kind of heirlooms.

kcinnova said...

Those 2 special items will help you create your own memories.
You've done some incredibly difficult work.

Congratulations on selling.

Beverly said...

Glennis, this made me cry. But, don't worry, it was a good cry. Sentiment is something we need to cherish in our lives.

mo.stoneskin said...

You keep that little thing in the utensil draw? Is that 'cos you use it, 'cos the Scottie likes it there?

Gilly said...

Its so hard, isn't it, leaving memories behind? All the intangible things we can't take with us.

But we have to move on, and in doing so, we are leaving behind heirlooms of our own, for other, younger family members to love when we are no longer with them.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

what perfect momentos! - and I"ve never seen a cookie cutter like that scottie - how adorable (even without the memories attached LOL).

Kate said...

Ahhhh. I'm glad you have them. They are a link to your past.

phd in yogurtry said...

Aw, that little scottie dog is adorable. A wonderful little keepsake. What a mixed experience this all must be for you.

dennisthemennis.co.uk said...

I wish I was as brave as you I just cant get rid of anything.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

ah, we had those cookie cutters too...

Briget said...

You did do well. I had to put all my Mom's stuff in our basement, and it was three years before I was able to be detached enough to discern what to actually keep and what to let go.

Passages...

Life with Kaishon said...

Very beautiful cookie cutters. Very beautiful memories.

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