PASTA? SALAD? SPAGHETTI? CHILI?
Every once in a while, you have one of those internet sales/purchases that REALLY touches a heartstring, and gives 'soul' to an object. We had this happen in the last month, with what we 'had' thought to be 'an old bowl'... it had crazing, and wear, but it was intact without any chips, so we decided we would give a try at finding it a new home...
You see, J & I received a few LOVELY BOWLS as wedding gifts from dear friends...
One of our favorite sets is a William~Sonoma with (4) side bowls in an herbal pattern... and you all KNOW my love of Herbies!! I don't know if we have ever actually used the Serving Bowl, but we use the side bowls Very Often - perfect for salads and the like.
Our other BOWL that is in constant rotation is a BENNINGTON with matching salad tongs (and again, you KNOW my love of Bennington Pottery!). As with the other, I don't think this bowl has ever been used for serving salad, but it comes out at every large gathering/party! We have a matching Dip/Salsa Chiller & Bowl w/ stand that sets perfectly in the middle and the large bowl holds the chips underneath. Makes 'perfect' sense ~ Right?!!
Now, back to our internet sale...
A women (C1) from the other side of the U.S. purchased the bowl, and asked to have it sent to a different address ~ her brother (X). We asked if it were for a special occasion - would she like it gift wrapped / greeting enclosed? She then sent a note for us to include: (With her permission, I am inserting it here - though, somehow the photo of her original bowl won't convert to Blogger?! Yes, it's long, but I couldn't figure out a good way to shorten it without losing some of the feeling!...)
Dear X, September 30th, 2015
I could write you a long story, one that would go on and on. You’d be reading so long, you might even have time to grow yourself a long, white beard by the time the story ends. Instead, I’ll spare you ALL the details and just write what is important.
As you may remember, 37 years ago, I moved from our hometown in Wisconsin to Florida. I got a job at a fine department store where I was a floater. I floated from the shoe department, the lingerie department, to the Gift Department. Whenever I worked in the Gifts, I would stare at a very beautiful pasta bowl that was on display. I really admired it. Being the traditional Italian family that we were, it was my understanding that every woman have a special dish she served her spaghetti in. Our mother had one, our sister M was given one from our Italian Aunties at her bridal shower, and I figured I should have one when I got married as well.
It was July, 1978 and G and I were to be married. Because I was so new to the area and all the family very far away, my only acquaintances were the girls I was getting to know at work, and our new friends at a Youth Ministry. Because of that, there was no wedding shower, nor were any gifts sent. I knew if I were going to get a pasta bowl, I would probably have to get it on my own.
Before J and I ended our conversation on the phone, he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could find another bowl like this and send it to X from the both of us?” I told him I would check eBay again and get back to him. It was his idea, as well as desire to make sure you had one like Mother’s. Together we wondered if you had a bowl, or maybe it went out the door through harder times.
I wrote to your daughter and she confirmed you too were amongst the “bowless.” That was all we needed to send this your way. I wouldn’t have looked for this bowl right then if J hadn’t suggested it. I give him full credit for thinking of this idea and making sure you had one too.
We know it’s not your birthday, and Christmas is still a few months away. This gift was meant to let you know you are thought of, remembered, and closer to our hearts than the miles that separate us all. Please enjoy and cherish this gift from J and I, to you.
We love you deeply,
J and C1
...and I'm happy to report that I just received a follow up note from C1~ The BOWL arrived SAFE & SOUND... X was 'tickled', 'hugged the bowl and admired it' and 'it reminded him of precious days gone by'. Now he too would like to implement the spaghetti bowl tradition with his kids!!
Yes, it is days like this that make me 'SMILE'. Do any of you have a 'special bowl' in your life??