Christmas is time to break out the good china
Christmas was always one of those days we used the good china. We also ate in the dining room.
In the breakfront china cabinet where the good china was kept, was a set of crystal that belonged to my grandmother.
My grandmother’s name was Irene Blackwood, but everyone, including me, called her Blackie.
Her crystal was called Candlewick and was made from 1936 to 1984 by Imperial Glass. In the relatively simple life she led, I’m sure it was something she treasured.
My grandmother lived with us when I was little. Her health was in decline and doctors thought she had hardening of the arteries,year.because lived out the rest of her life. most wonderful gift. that my mother would use as she she was showing signs of dementia. Years later, my mother gave me It may not be Blackie’s crystal, but carefully wiped each piece one last We will move in with pieces that We had not heard of Alzheimer’s the crystal. During a move, the box it is her pattern and when I look at it time before placing them back in the have ties to both of our families. I Disease, but there is no doubt that she containing my grandmother’s treaI will think of her. breakfront cabinet. hope we used them often and create was a victim. sure was either lost or stolen. RegardTo me, there is something about We weren’t rich, but those times a whole new set of good memories at
My folks left me briefly in her less, it was gone. heirloom china and crystal. It gives a around the dining room table with Christmas and always care one day and she took me to a Last week, my wife happened by glimpse of the person and their tastes. our family together were her real neighbor’s home. an antique store that was going out I sometimes glimpse at the plates and joy. The china was just a reminder of
“I don’t know whose baby this of business. Among the items left for cups and think of when they were how special it really was. is and I can’t be responsible for it,” sale were 31 pieces of Candlewick. used to celebrate birthdays, holidays A few days from now, we will she told them. This led to her being She bought it and could not contain and happy times. move into our new home. It was built placed in a nursing home where she the surprise until Christmas. It is a I think of the painstaking care to replace one that burned earlier this