20090125

The Stuff I Used to Love

by Olive Rosehips

On my desk I have a working antique gumball machine from Ford for 1-cent gumballs with a little key to open the bottom to retrieve coins. At my glamorous dressing table, I have the most beautiful plum Fenton stained glass lamp with a hand painted shade and art deco base; memories of a carefree time before children. Facing my bed is that glamorous, antique, art deco dressing table, hand carved with plenty of craftsman details and extraordinary pulls, and a large, round mirror. In my living room, amongst ball and claw legs, you'll find an imported Italian marble coffee table in an antique style, of carved mahogany and a matching side table. I’m not bragging (you may very well find these things atrocious), but rather sobbing gently as I tell you that I had all of these things before having children and those same children have dinged, chipped, cracked or stained every one of these collected delights. What I want to know is... someday, is it all right to go to their homes and destroy their things, too?

6S

Olive Rosehips listens to jazz, knows she can't sing, drinks dirty martinis, and paints her toenails dazzling shades of red.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

:)

Susan's Snippets said...

Olive...

Although I find the idea of "paying back" our children for the marring of our special things somewhat fulfilling...I think a better way would be to pray for them to have children who would do the paybacks for me.

for free

Ian said...

Yep, that's right - I'm watching my grandchildren getting into this. Only problem is, they practise at my place... :(

Jodi MacArthur said...

You have a good point here. My mom comes over and 'accidentally' breaks my favorite coffe cup. I wonder about this 'accident' now.

Great 6s, Olive.

Madam Z said...

You have suddenly made me feel happy that I was poor as the proverbial church mouse when my kids were little. Everything we owned was already "dinged, chipped, cracked or stained" before the little monsters could get to them. My heart goes out to you, though.

Crybbe666 said...

Hi Olive, somehow this post escaped my notice. I love the idea of this. Very well done!!