Wow, moving always stirs all kinds of emotions and memories. Am I alone on this one? Didn't think so... Moving also brings change. Whether it's just to a new neighborhood, city, or moving to the opposite side of the country like me, change is sure to follow. There are some things however, that don't change no matter where you go. For me, special traditions that are centered around the table are one of them. I'm excited to share one of those with you today. I pray you become inspired to carry on with one of your very own or start a new one today. Enjoy!
For me, stuff is not just stuff. There are many memories that go along with them and that is why I treasure 'em! Whether it was a gift from someone special or from the time Miss Mel (my partner in crime…I mean INSPIRATION!), removed a screen door from an abandoned home because I just had to have it. Or the infamous church benches that have been carted to a party or two... or ten, to host the wonder that stirs when you mix community and food. These all bring up memories and they remind me of you which makes my heart smile. Recently I started packing and pulling stuff to sell on Mama’s Online Garage, a Facebook group where I could sell a few of my treasures and get some quality entertainment from my all the hilarious friends who love a good piece and a good laugh.
As I opened the entertainment center and saw a shelf with about a dozen or so goblets, all different colors, sizes, and shapes I had to pause for a moment and remember. About 10 years ago John’s dad passed and the family had all gathered in Vermont to celebrate his life (John’s mom had passed a few years earlier). During our time there we sat around telling stories, laughing, and sharing our favorite memories. We also had the task of going through Harry and Catherine’s belongings. As John’s sister and sister-in-love began to go through the china hutch, they shared a story that I was totally unaware of, it moved my heart and passion for the table. So much so, that in that moment I decided I was going to pass it on to my family and those who over the years have become sons and daughters of our heart, home and table.
Those two were the epitome of the Ozzie & Harriet family. A TV show from back in the day for those who may not know! They gathered around the table and enjoyed family dinners almost every night. However, on special occasions only, the table would take on a different form. Catherine had bought each member of the family a special goblet that only they could drink out of…. When the table was set with these items the family knew it was not just any ordinary dinner. Their hearts, minds and conversations followed the tone set by those precious goblets.
I immediately began to devise a plan on how I could take this tradition and incorporate it into my family’s legacy. So that very next Christmas, I was on the hunt to find the perfect goblet for each member of the family. It had to be special, reflect their personality, tell a story and I had to find two of the same. Why you may ask? Well, one was to go with them when they moved out or married and one remained with John and I for those treasured times when everyone would come back home.
Over the years , God has placed people in our lives that have captured our heart and table so they too have a goblet (the reason why you see so many in the picture). Now with grand babies I am so blessed to have, the hunt is on to find the perfect goblet that prophetically tells a story of their future. Right now, it won’t mean a thing other than the occasional spilled milk at the dinner table. But, someday they will look at their goblets and remember that Mimi prayed and spoke to their future.
I would like you to take a minute and think. What special tradition has captured your heart and have you made it your own? Do you have a special table tradition you would like to share? Please share it with me by commenting on the post or directly to this blog by clicking "comment" below. Life surely does happen around the table and it's always a joy of mine to hear about your table.
Remember, your Legacy is something that is always being built, what will you add to yours today?