F Simple and Serene Living: IT'S THE MEMORIES 09 10
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

IT'S THE MEMORIES

WOMEN SPEAK:

Is there a moment, an event, or a period of time that helped shape part or all of your life? What made you choose a certain career or had you wanting to be a stay at home mom? Can you pinpoint it? After making other earlier choices, I finally settled into this stage of my life selling vintage and antiques. 


It's the memories that draw me. The things that tug at my heart strings. The sounds of history whispering in my ear.

Watching my grandmother sit at her desk while she dipped her pen into an inkwell to record the business of the day. A woman, really before her time, who helped to keep the family business going through the Great Depression. 


Sitting on the old porch glider, listening to its rhythmic squeak as my red Keds lazily push it back and forth, I can smell the chicken frying in my mother's old iron skillet.

Soon, the relentless singing of the cicadas breaks up the  stillness of the late summer afternoon, and I begin to feel the softness of the evening closing in. Wandering back inside to run my fingers over the beautiful woods of the antique furniture, I turn to repeatedly opening and closing the pocket doors, loving the low swishing sounds they make. 


There's nothing fancy about dinner. Serviceable ironstone dishes and Fostoria ice tea glasses are being set out on the table for a meal that is all about family time. I know that when nighttime falls I will pull one of my grandmother's quilts over me, and admire the pretty fabrics that went into the making of it. Fabrics that may have come from my mom's childhood dresses or my grandfather's shirts. Nothing was wasted in those days. These days I search for these simple things.


So many memories. So much history in every antique or vintage piece. They incessantly call to me with their stories. Stories that may have been much like mine. The simple stories of families just living their lives.

What speaks to you. We all had dreams. Are you living those early dreams, or did your life take a completely different road than what you thought it would.

The weather seems to have turned colder again, so pour yourself a hot drink, get comfortable, and let's chat. I think I will pull out one of my grandmother's quilts and curl up under it again. I know she would love that it is still being used all of these years later, and I love the memories.

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13 comments:

  1. this warmed me up! Because I am in my big fuzzy bathrobe and it is cold outside and for a little while I was on MY Grandparent's glider listening to the cicadas too...on a warm late afternoon.

    Wonderful post :)

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  2. Thought provoking, Laura. Probably the most decisive moments in my life came with learning to read. As a armchair traveler I have shaped my life on places I’ve been, things I’ve seen, people I’ve met only through reading. Even the garden column the monthly magazine from the electric company has brought new life to my winter garden. Simple pleasures. Simple joy.

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    1. I can really relate to that. Lynn. I can remember sending off for travel brochures from around the world when I was a child. I traveled so many places through them. :)

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  3. I have several profound moments that changed the course of my life, but one is too long to go into here. I think when things really changed for me was when I started blogging. And noticing everything around me that, until then, was just the background of life I rarely took time to look at. The simple things, as both of us know, are always the best. And often the least noticed in our hustle-bustle world. (I always wanted Keds and no one ever got them for me!)
    Brenda

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    1. It's not too late to get those Keds, Brenda. I have two pairs that I wear all summer. I still love them. It is the simple things that usually have the most profound effect on us. I'm so happy that you have been able to stop and notice the background of life. :)

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  4. Also wanted to say your banner is very cute. I like the black title.
    Brenda

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  5. What a pleasant post, Laura! I so enjoyed reading it. I think when I was in grade school I just wanted to be a cowboy. I watched the westerns on TV with my dad, I had a horse, and I loved playing outdoors. The next thing I remember that I wanted to be was Barbara Walters. I thought that her life must be so interesting. That didn't work out either. But what I did end up doing and what I loved, was rearing five children and homeschooling, (I loved teaching) writing, making soap, spending time with friends and reading. I have no regrets. Besides, I don't think I would have made a very good cowboy.

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    1. I love that you wanted to be a cowboy and then Barbara Walters. Hoe wonderful that you found what you really loved doing. :)

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  6. We had our share of dysfunction in our home. So there were not a lot of warm and fuzzy heartwarming memories. I do have some things tucked away, listening to music and doing cartwheels and tumbling in the house. Stacking pillows to protect me and watching Ted Mack and the Amateur Hour. I watched the musicals, loved them. Never got to really know my grandmother's.

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    1. I am so sorry that your memories of your childhood are not good ones. I hope that you have been able to find something in your life that you loved to do. Sometimes. even the negative things that have happened to us, can help us decide what it is we want out of life.

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    2. This is a sweet, lovely post. I don't have memories of spending the night with my grandparents on my mother's side. There were too many cousins. When my great grandmother died we had 93 children, grandchildren, inlaws and great grandchildren. So only a few who lived near spent the night. My daddy's parents died before I was more. I do have wonderful memories of going to granny's house. It's just so sad now that families are so spaced out and the family as we knew it as children is no longer there. I cherish the time that I have with my children and sister's children and try my best to keep it together. Thanks, Laura for sharing. This is just so sweet.

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