Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MY GRANDMOTHER'S ABUNDANCE


Each morning I try to begin the day aware and in deep thought of the abundance of my life

this morning...the outside temperatures are frigid and a light snow is falling...so I begin...
with my fluffy goose down comforter...and then my mind wanders
to my grandmother
Beatrice

I take a stroll through her home as if I am walking through her front door


she lived in the same house my entire life
and I promise you...she felt blessed...she told me so often
she would sing to me
"count your blessings count them one by one"

Her home was nice and she had nice things
but she had the same things forever
which makes it easy for me to remember

I inherited a few things from her
these chairs and this Duncan Phyfe table have been together side by side 
my entire life

No new Pottery Barn couches or pillows or baskets or dishes or the latest trendy trend
really nothing new at all...she had the same things 
with which she always seemed to be satisfied

I am somewhat sad that I felt the need to have her chairs recovered
because today
that old wonderful gold velvet would be so beautiful with this 1960 wallpaper I decided to save

As I mentally travel through her rooms I realize how important it is for me to remember
the way it looked
the way it smelled
and the way I still feel about it all today
it's easy...because it was simple and it was the same and I never want to forget


the two rose vases to the right belonged to her and her mother before her
I would imagine she thought they were the most beautiful things she'd ever seen
and to my knowledge...these are the two she had and she put her own garden grown flowers in them often
she made this iris collage when she was around 40 and I thought she was old

I painted this for her when I was 8
it hung in her den until I got it back
she was so proud of it...no expensive artwork for her
she only had one cookbook
pieces of paper that she wrote down ingredients and used forever
collected in a cloth binder that she stitched
her written word is so precious to me

Recently I came across her glasses
and now I use them as my readers every single day
no....I can't really see so good out of them
but it is very important to me to use them

because my hope is
I see what she saw through them, the way she saw through them

a life simply 
elegantly
lived 
PURA VIDA







21 comments:

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I loved this post, Gina. You really touched my heart with your thoughts today.

White Lace and Promises said...

Such a beautiful post. My kids remember their Nanny's house in the same way. I'm always changing things up. This makes me want to keep a few things the same so my babies will remember Bonbon.

When I had my country kitchen, I had an old pie safe with all the red and white enamel pots and pans. My niece and nephew still remember playing with all of them and mixing and cooking with the red handled utensils. I wish I still had those.

Karena Albert said...

Gina thank you for sharing this memoir with us! I can see how much you treasure your grandmother!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Lovely Story!!!

Marina

Marissa said...

Your grandmother sounds like she was simple and humble. I love that.What a touching post!!
I wish I could bottle my grandmother home smell and remember life being much simpler.
xo Marissa

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Family pieces - it's these family heirlooms that make a home special. Thanks for sharing your grandmother's treasures with us. Your gallery wall is quite special, Gina. Take care, L

Heather - New House New Home said...

So wonderful that you are able to feel closer to your grandmother this way. Because I'm from an immigrant family, there are no things to be passed on from earlier generations

Revi said...

Gina, this post is SO SWEET! I totally get it. Earlier this week, I emailed my mom and said I wished I could have dinner at my grandparent's home...and told her what I wish I could eat. My grandmother was a great cook. My mom was surprised I could remember her food, so I emailed her back and listed a good many things I remembered and treasured, sort of like your trip through your grandmother's home. I love it that you use her readers to see through her eyes. I know this pleases her very much. :)

Purple Flowers said...

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I absolutely love the way you wrote about your lovely Grandmother. How fortunate you both were to have each other. I had a special Grandmother like that, and I try to live with grace, as she did.
I will be stopping by again, if you don't mind. :)

Purple Flowers said...

And by the way, we have that Duncan Phyfe table in our living room. We bought it at a home sale, and I love it! Best, Kathleen

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post, Gina. I can tell how much you loved her. We are so blessed when we have good grandparents. How wonderful that you have things to remember her by- xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Those items are so important to keep because of their history. Oh Gina, your home must be so magical! Anita

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina,
An appreciation of your Grandmother that warmed my heart reading your post. I admire people who live such a simple and humble lifestyle. For they are the ones who oftentimes when remembered are the deepest realizations of a life well lived.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Vera

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

What a beautiful thoughtful and loving tribute to your grandmother. Our history is what it is all about! Love, Nancy

Stacy Curran said...

Gina, that kind of positive thinking is what we all need to do more of! I love your attitude and your grandmother's treasures :)
Stacy

Art @ Home said...

How blessed you are to have a grandmother like her! What a sweet tribute to her memory. I love this post!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is an awesome post. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady :-)

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welovefur said...

It's really a beautiful home
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Maureen Wyatt said...

Love this tribute to your grandmother and a time when things were acquired to last a lifetime. I wonder if our grandchildren will have the same kind of memories attached to things from our homes when we are gone or will we have had too much for any one thing to be significant?

Curtains in My Tree said...

My Grandmother was special and precious to me. She passed in 1996 and I still miss her so much and I cherished her few things I have.
Thanks for reminding us what is special in life