Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Home Is Sharing a Family Heirloom

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This here humble peanut may not be of any value historically or monetarily.  It wasn’t made by some famous pottery maker, or used in some famous person’s home.  There really isn’t anything about it to give it any prestige or value to most people. 
But, I’m not most people.  I am the proud owner of this peanut.  I have no idea what its origin is or how it came to my grandma’s house.  What I do know is that as long as I can remember it sat on her coffee table, full of one of two things: Hershey Kisses or Toffee Nips.  It was normal for me to sneak as many of those little treats out as I could, I didn’t really care for the Nips but I sure did love the Kisses.  This little peanut is so much more than just a candy holder, to me it’s my grandma.  It’s her home, where she always welcomed us with open arms and a special treat.  To me it’s a reminder of how I want to welcome others into my home; with special things just for them, open arms and an open heart.
Since my grandma has passed away this humble peanut has become a treasure to me, though to most people I’m sure it’s a weird quirky thing.  But I love this little piece of history, just as much as I love the memories of being with her in her home. 
This post is being shared with Reluctant Entertainer; because for me, home is where the peanut is.

9 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post. It just goes to show that it isn't about the expensive and fancy, but about the memories that go along with it whatever it may be.

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  2. I love it! I have so many fond memories of the quirky knick-knacks that were my great-grandmother's. This reminds me of the things I remember from visiting her house as a little girl! Such a fun heirloom.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog, too! : )

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  3. I so enjoyed this post. I can read through your words just how deep and precious the memories of her are.

    What a wonderful mindset for her to have passed on... that of welcoming others with open arms and an open heart making them feel special.

    Wonderful!

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  4. What a charming post... and a charming heirloom.

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  5. I have similar things. It doesn't matter what the dollar value is because the memories outweigh that.

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  6. I love the history behind your peanut. My peanut, is a cup. Funny the things we get sentimental about, huh? I love your post!! Thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself with us.

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  7. Your post was extra special to me because my Grandma passed away almost 2 weeks ago and we've been busy going through all of her things. You reminded me to take the important things home with me that'll help me remember her. Thank you.

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  8. I love things like this that bring back the best memories! And yummy treats at Grandmas are the best. I still remember the kinds of cookies that we got to eat at my Grandparents, and the candy my other Grandma would buy. Yummy memories!

    Thanks for linking up at RE Gina!

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