David liked my train knick-knacks, although knick-knacks weren’t totally his thing, at least trains was a common interest. He was a little uneasy about my M&Ms collection and a bit unsettled about my heirlooms!
I eased him in to cohabitation with my stuff with my beige Correll dishes, much less breakable and gender-neutral than his more masculine set. Then I carefully chose the first treasure from my Great Grandmother’s estate to show him. David loves cats and has an especially soft spot for Siamese cats because he grew up with Siamese. So I unwrapped and showed him Mums’ salt and pepper shakers that had lived in her living room since the early 50s.
Aren’t they sweet?
My Great Grandmother went to work for Ford Motor Company in 1944, retiring in 1962. Once World War Two was over, Mums found that she liked having a job and extra money. She spoiled herself a bit.
Okay she spoiled herself a lot. There were so many ceramic and resin pieces from 1949 to 1951, the point where she knew she was going to get to keep the job she enjoyed and that money would be there to invest and to enjoy.
When David saw "Salt" and "Pepper," he held them like they were kittens and in response to my asking if we could please keep them displayed somewhere, he took them right to the China Cabinet and sat them in the prominent window where they’ve lived ever since.