Saturday, August 25, 2007
Green Glass Plates
Last weekend my extended family congregated in Vermont for a family reunion to remember the life of my Grandmother who passed away earlier this year. Due to being ill, I was unable to go, and sorely missed the chance to see my dear cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Once home, my sister came over to visit, laden with a basket under her arm. Carefully she pulled out newspaper-wrapped discs and unwrapped them for me to see. Grandma's green glass plates!
These green glass plates hold many memories for me. We lived next door to Grandma until I was four years old, and then we lived 8 to 11 to 20 (or more) hours away. We always went back to visit, and many birthdays were celebrated in Grandma's kitchen. Grandma would bake a delicious chocolate cake from scratch, cover it in a thick layer of chocolate icing and set it before the happy birthday child. Later, slices would be cut and served to each of us and our cousins -- on the green glass plates.
And now here are the plates in my own home. I hope to carry on the memories into the next generations as we continue to use, and cherish, the green glass plates!