Tuesday, January 12, 2010
My Favorite Vintage Treasures - Handpainted Eggs from Mexico
My grandfather passed away in late August. My family went to Minneapolis to celebrate his life with my extended family. It was a hard time but he had lived an amazing life. My grandmother busied herself with giving us many of his things. I think that after we went home she continued to sort through her belongings. My mother sent my kids a box and inside was a box for me from my grandmother. It sat on my table for days, because life was busy and I often don't like to open surprises right away. I like to wait for a quiet time to appreciate whatever is inside. The box was an old Salvatore Ferragamo box, which spoke volumes; my grandfather was a well dressed man, and he loved my grandmother, and it seems so appropriate that he would buy her expensive shoes to show his love and respect for her. It is very romantic. The hand written note on the index card on the box said "We hope you will enjoy these eggs, we have." Inside were the most amazing little hand painted eggs I have ever seen! They were made in Mexico. I LOVE THEM!
Aren't the amazing!? And the weird part is I don't remember ever seeing them before. My grandmother, Meme, would let me play with anything when I was a child, and some of these eggs looked like they had been repaired. And some of them needed to be repaired, as my grandma had wrapped them in toilet paper and a few of them didn't make the trip. Quin and I glued those back together and now they are as good as new, on display on shelves in our stairwell. A little group of treasures that we will pass several times a day that will make us think of Meme and Poppa.