Tuesday, July 12, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 19

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Owning my grandmother's antiques.

I inherited my grandma's antiques
when she passed away 6 years ago.
I love seeing her china cabinet in my dining room
or admiring her lovely buffet in my kitchen.

Other treasures that graced her home
now grace mine.

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What I treasure the most is the way
that my house smells
like my Mammaw's home.

No one else can smell it but me.

When I walk in the
front door of my home,

the scent that I smelled all
throughout childhood fills my senses.

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French fries frying on the stove,
hushpuppies popping in oil in a skillet,

the smell of the many meals that
she prepared can still
be smelled on her old antiques.

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I love that I have this
unexpected gift in my home.
I love that the memories
of all of those meals made with care
linger here.

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27 comments:

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Those are such special memories that the furniture brings you.

R Montalban said...

You are just so lovely :-)

Pieni Lintu said...

Beautiful old furniture!!

hip-chick said...

they are beautiful

Caution said...

I am supposed to inherit my aunt's china cabinet, and have long dreaded the logistics of such a gift. Your post is making me see things differently today :)

Anika said...

Lovely...I treasure the same small details like the smell that can take me back 20-30 years. Nice post, enjoyed it. Oh, and the furniture is beautiful too ;)

Elle The Heiress said...

how great!

Linda D. said...

It's refreshing to read about the love and memories antiques can bring. Passing down memories is a time honored tradition in my family, too. Especially refreshing in our "modern" times when many younger folks get rid of the antiques from older generation. Thanks for posting this!

Ashley Sisk said...

I love antiques so I know how you feel. My mom has collected a number of pieces over the years..>I have just a couple but would love to have more. Unfortunately, my husband doesn't have the same appreciation.

Sarah said...

Awww. I love it.

Jenn Valmonte said...

I love how you photographed certain parts of the furniture!

Jessica said...

Wonderful, I love coming home too, it just feels so good.

Karen Mortensen said...

What a beautiful post. I know what you mean about the smell. I experience that sometimes too.

Queen Scarlett said...

What treasures!

singedwingangel said...

OH I love the pieces. I have my memaws table and chairs in my garage. Too small for a family of 5. I miss the smells of my Memaw's kitchen and do my best to recreate them in my own, but regardless of how I try I can't quite get it just right.

Anjie said...

Beautiful antiques! My Grandparents either didn't have any antique furniture to hand down or they got rid of to "upgrade" throughout the years. You are very lucky to have those memories and the furniture to hand down to your kids one day.

Daffy said...

The antiques are beautiful! items like that always give me such wonderful feelings and spur my imagination. I so wish they could talk and share the stories of their lives... how wonderful!

Sue said...

You are lucky to have them, Leigh.

And I'm so glad you do.

=)

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Oh I LOVE having the family pieces in the house. Makes me so happy as well! Beautiful Leigh!

Susan said...

That is so sweet! I love the things my grandmother gave me as well. I am sure your grandmother would be pleased to know how much you enjoy her treasures!

I Wonder Wye said...

Lovely post...I treasure all my 'memories' of my grandmom's with their furniture etc.al...

Christy said...

I own my great Aunt's dresser and it makes me smile every time I see it as well!

Danyelle said...

Beautiful post!

Tiffany said...

What special memories...

Tiffany

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, Leigh. Your Mammaw sounds like she was such an awesome lady! And I know what you mean about that smell. Isn't it the best? I have a few things from my grandparents as well and I adore them...
Gorgeous details of the furniture. So lovely!

tiarastantrums said...

oh you lucky girl (well sort of - right?) I LOVE old furniture!!

Sky @ Capital B said...

Happy to be joining you again! I love when smells bring on nostalgia... like Avon bubble gum chapstick reminds me of my Grandma... Hope you have a great weekend!