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Photo gallery: heirlooms


Thursday, November 22, 2018

A year ago next month my mother died. My sister and I quickly flew down to Louisville, Kentucky, cleaned out her house and sold it. Since then, my sister and I have been figuring out how to live with my mother’s memory as opposed to living with my mother. We both miss her terribly. It is been an amazing process, though, incorporating all her things into our home.

My mother liked nice things, so she had a lot of them. Her favorite was red glass, and I now have two cabinets full of her bowls, plates and cups — and that’s even after splitting the collection with my sister. I also have an entire cabinet filled with crystal and china, a silver chest and a rocking chair that she had made.

My husband is a potter, and I have started squirreling away pieces for the children, so that when the time comes, they will have full sets of dishes their father made. His pottery is amazing, but it is rough and heavy, not delicate like the china and the crystal that I now have filling our cabinets. As I look at these items, I wonder, “Will my  children grow to love these delicate pieces as well, or when the time comes, will they look at it all and wonder what to do with it?” I’m happy that’s not my question to answer, and that, for now, I just get to live with all these things this holiday season and remember my mom.

—Text and photo by Carol Lollis