This is my little refound treasure. My daughters gift.
I went Thrift shopping..or rather, second hand store shopping last week...to a store I have visited every Sunday for ages. Some weeks ago...up on a shelf that was nearly too high for me to reach...I saw a little napkin holder...and stopped...as it was exactly like one I used to own. I thought, "wow..that looks like the one Sandy gave me when she was little. Hmmm...what did I do with mine?" and walked on. Sandy is my oldest daughter. The next week on my walk through the store...I spied it once again high on the shelf among many other items..smiled to my self and walked on. Another week went by and again...on my walk through the store I again saw the little napkin holder and this time, I stood on tippy toe and reached for for it. I was able to wiggle it to where I could grasp it and brought it down and looked at it. I turned it over..and suddenly noticed a crack running the length of it...
My oldest daughter was just about 13 when she gave me a set of napkin holder and recipe box that matched. I had both pieces for years and at one time the napkin holder broke in half. I glued it together and used it on through the years. For some reason...I don't remember why, but I wrote my name on the bottom of it. Then...I noticed it. My name!
Faded, written in red ink..THIS WAS MY napkin holder! Then I realized that we had probably sold it at a garage sale...a long time ago. I hugged it to me and nearly cried. How could I have let it get sold at a garage sale?! It was a gift from my little daughter! I had looked for it a couple of times and wondered what had happened to it. I still have the matching recipe box and it is still stuffed with recipes. My little napkin holder is home where it belongs and looking at it I have to wonder what journey it has been on. My daughter, who is now turning 50 this April 5th will love this story. She is going to laugh that I bought it back for $4.00when it was probably sold for a quarter...but I would have paid ...a lot to get it back!
It's the little things sometimes..isn't it?
P.S. Joanne, from MY LITTLE COTTAGE IN THE MAKING was with me that day!! Good grief how could I have forgotten! I just remembered I was not alone but thought it had been Howard that was with me as he usually is. THANK HEAVENS it was you Joanne.
Joanne and I met for the very first time that very day, and had gone shopping. She drove clear up from Orange County to meet me and I didn't write about it but I should have at least made reference to it. She did an entire post on it. I love letting others with more experience in posting, handle some things and I knew she would do it justice. She had her little camera out constantly and I didn't take one picture. Taking pictures is something I am TRYING to get used to doing.
She did a great job writing on our visit! My head has been somewhere else lately. Sweet Joanne, please forgive me. I made comment on your blog, but I should have mentioned it here. I am learning about visits..referring to things etc.
AND FOLKS....Joanne Kennedy is one of the sweetest, kindest ever..and..LOL she listens! I blabbed on to her..and on.. (hanging head here!) How I loved meeting you, Joanne!!