Christ­mas is time to break out the good china

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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

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