August 31, 2008

Family Heirloom: A Lamp



Recently, I went up to Knoxville to visit with a friend. While I was there, I got a chance to visit with a cousin I have not seen in ten years. It's not so unusual. She is much older than I am, and we have never been close. I was glad to reconnect with her and hope we can be more a part of each other's lives.

As I mentioned, the last time I saw her was ten years ago. The occasion? The death of our mutual grandmother, Lois Dunn, or Mimi, as I called her. When our grandmother died, different people received different things. I guess this lamp was one of the things my cousin received. I received some bedroom furniture, which I still have. At our breakfast, my cousin told me she was moving and needed to get rid of some possessions. One of these was this lamp, which belonged to my grandmother. So now the lamp is reunited with the bedroom furniture.

It's a very unusual lamp. It's a ceramic lamp, almost like a vase. The color is a mint green with tiny pink rosebuds all over it. I was really happy to receive it. It's an unusual piece, very vintage looking. It goes well with my floral Asian bedspread, even though the greens do not exactly match. And it's in great condition, just one small tear in the lampshade.

Honestly, I never really appreciated my grandmother until after she died. I like having her furniture and the lamp because it makes me feel like I am carrying a part of her with me. Anyway, just wanted to share my new possession.

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