Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Romantic Tale . . . Again

. . . for Valentine's Day. . . a repost from 2010 . . .

This pair of Dresden candlesticks always adorned either end of the mantelpiece in my parents' living room and when I was very little, I asked who the man and the lady were. 

"Why," said my mother, "that's your grandparents when they were young. Your grandfather Frank has gone out hunting and Memaw is looking to see if he'll be back soon.

Would my mother lie to me? Surely not . . .  so I believed this story, in spite of the fact that these romantic figures looked nothing like my grandparents -- well, except for the gray hair.

And in spite of the fact that they are completely out of place in our rather rustic mountain home, the Dresden pair adorn the shelves of my secretary -- along with other frilly bits and pieces of my past. After all, how could I let go of my grandparents?

Happy St. Valentine's Day!












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18 comments:

jennyfreckles said...

How pretty and what a sweet story. They're not my kind of ornament either but I'd keep them too, if they had that kind of meaning for me. I like your collage pictures.

Martin H. said...

Vicki

Love the figures and the story. Happy Valentine's Day!

Miss_Yves said...

A perfect post for Valentine's day !
Lovely, indeed, and the heart made of postcards is a kind of "happy end "!

Miss_Yves said...

Of course, "happy Valentine's day", even if in France, this day is rather celebrated BY LOVERS (and not by friends )

Pat in east TN said...

That is the nicest story and what a memory to carry with you. You are very fortunate to have the candlesticks too. The heart picture is beautiful!

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Happy Valentines Day Vicki!
I love having things around I know where loved by my mother and grandmother. I hope my daughter and granddaughters will feel the same someday about my things.

Tammy said...

Hmmm...me thinks someone came by their 'storytelling' honestly? :-) Too funny. It was a sweet little, story though. My Dad used to tell us stories all the time and then wondered why no one believed him. ;-) I think the worst was when he told my sister that once he was lost in the desert with his partner and had to end up eating him....and then she went to school and told her friends...
Happy Valentines Day!

Tammy

Miss_Yves said...

I guess that the blue flowers in the center picture are "forget -me -not-....Taken near the church of Marigny, a little town of Manche
But now I feel some doubt ... I'll try to find another bigger photo.

Kaye Barley said...

Oh Vicki, I loved this post. I love that so many of the things we have sitting around our homes have a story attached to them. I LOVE that people can come into our homes, see something that may not "go" with the rest of the house and maybe puzzle over it - never to know the mystery of the story.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Merisi said...

The figures and flowers are out of this world pretty, and the way you captured them too!

I love the mosaics, especially the heart-shaped one.

Happy Valentine's Day! :-)

Vicki Lane said...

Our house is as eclectic as this blog -- but the Dresden candlesticks are really odd.

Miss Yves -- over here the day is meant for lovers especially -- but friends get counted in -- especially on the Internet.

Carol and Kaye -- it's fun having all the 'relics' -- but I can't envision my boys fighting over the candlesticks when I'm gone.

Tammy -- Your dad is a guy after my own heart!

Thanks, Merisi -- Mosaics really are fun to do!

Reader Wil said...

Lovely Valentine story! I hope you had a great Valentine day!

Victoria said...

Lovely story and beautiful collage! Happy Valentine's Day, Vicki!

Tipper said...

Sweet figurines-and story. My Mom used to have a lady that set on the TV I always thought it was my grandmother : ) Now I'm wondering what happened to it.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Oh they are beautiful and so romantic. As a child I adored my grandparents and I would have feel for that story hook, line and sinker. Happy Valentine's Day to you both.
Sam

Barbara Rogers said...

They are so sweet, and so beautiful in that style. I love the story attached to them, which must have been invented to satisfy your curiosity. Did your mother have lots of that style of decorations? I had a lamp in that style, shepherdess and maybe shepherd. I left it behind when I left home as a young bride.

Vicki Lane said...

My mother was very into "pretty.' Pink and pale blue and Haviland china -- not my idiom.

Jim Egerton said...

Well I don't have many whatnots on my side but Joan has a bunch. I guess one of my favorites is a calligraphy of St. Francis' prayer. Who would of thunk that beautiful prayer would adorn the walls of an atheist.

Happy Valentines day to you and John