Thursday, February 7, 2008

30 Days - Day 5: Show & Tell

The very first Sunday we went to church after our move here to Kansas, I met a girl named Kelli. I instantly knew we were "kindred spirits" as Anne would say in "Anne of Green Gables."

Kelli and I became fast and furious friends. We did so much together. We went out, stayed in and watched movies, travelled together with our husbands, and just had a great time.



Kelli was the youngest of 5 children in her family. She was a surprise baby to her parents who were in their 40's when they had her. By the time I met her, her parents were in their early 70's. Bill and Scottye were such sweet people. In fact, her mother felt somewhat like a grandmother to me. 2 years or so after I met Kelli, her father quickly passed away. Without her husband, Scottye lost her will to live and passed away not long after her husband. I went over to visit Kelli shortly after her mother's death and she asked me if I'd like to have this Lady's Head planter that was her mother's. Now I had secretly admired these (Scottye had 2) and was so touched that Kelli would pass on to me this special remembrance of her mother.



For a couple years I kept it in my office at church to protect it from the young children I still had at home. Now that they're older, I have it sitting on a shelf in my bedroom where I can see it each day. It is so special to me. She's missing her little pearl earrings but I don't care. She's just a great little keepsake.

I haven't talked to Kelli now for 2 years. She and her husband have since divorced and she's started a new life in another state. I miss her and our friendship. I'm thankful for the season of our friendship and thankful to have this little reminder.


For more show & tell fun, please visit Kelli at "No Place Like Home."

26 comments:

Anita said...

What a wonderful story. What a pity that is has a very sad and due to the fact that you are no longer in touch....

This little Lady's Head planter looks very special indeed!

Best wishes from Germany, Anita

ellen b. said...

Oh she really is a great keepsake and the history of your friendship that goes with her is special...

Betty said...

Rebecca,
I like your lady's head because my deceased sister had several of them ..one just like yours....

I'm sad that you and Kelli no longer stay in touch.....maybe one day...Betty

Carrie said...

The vase is certainly a special item by which to remember your friend and her mother. Thanks for sharing.
Carrie

Barbara H. said...

How cute! I had never heard of these until a show and tell a couple of weeks ago. What a lovely way to remember your friendship.

Karla said...

What a neat keepsake! Maybe Kelli will start blogging and you can keep in touch that way! You never know! I recently reconnected with a childhood friend whom I hadn't heard from in 20 years!

kbbryant said...

That was so sweet that Kelli thought to give you her mothers planter. Thanks for telling the story.

Kathy b

Linda said...

What a sweet remberance from a dear friend. Maybe someday your paths will again cross. Linda

mrsjojo said...

I just enjoyed looking at the lady's head planter-it brought back some sweet memories. What a precious gift from a dear friend-hopefully, you get back in touch.

Cathy said...

What wonderful keepsake from your friend. She'll help you to remember the good times.

Cathy :)

Penless Thoughts said...

She is lovely. My daughter has a few of the Lady Head's.
Susan

Connie Marie said...

That is a cool gift to be given. I hope that you will be able see your friend again someday.

The planter head would be a pretty way to display jewelry.

happy valentine's day!

Hootin' Anni said...

That is cool. So richly painted...perfect in every way. Ya, I would keep that away form harm too. It's a treasure.

Mine is posted this week, it's a Valentine Wreath that I made this week.

Hope you can drop by sometime.

Constance said...

I used to clean for an elderly lady that had about 15 of these! When she passed away I received a clear glass candy dish with a swan lid. I remember cringing whenever I dusted these ladies because I knew how old they were! What a neat way to remember someone special!
Connie

TJ said...

That planter is amazing! I would definitely have to keep it up on a high shelf, along with everything else I don't want the kids into or breaking. I have never seen planters like that, but I will be keeping my eyes open at the thrift shops now.

Judy said...

What a beautiful story and a special friend.

Cheryl said...

Well missy... you should get in touch with her via the internet! Rekindle that friendship.... just a thought~

Kelly said...

Oh Rebecca, what a touching story and a special gift and keepsake. It's absolutely gorgeous - that's so totally my taste! Praying that Kelli is enjoying a prosperous, happy life and that you guys will reconnect in the future. God has amazing ways of reconnecting true friends. :o)

Mrs M said...

What a wonderful story you've shared and what a very special keepsake ...

Julieann said...

You know how you read something and it is just the perfect time to hear it? Well I have not talked to my dear friend in awhile--and you stated it so well-we are at different seasons of our life right now--do I miss her? - very much--but I know there may be a season for us again:)

Your little head planter is so precious:)

Thank you for such a wonderful show and tell ((Gentle Higs))

Julieann

genny said...

Very interesting and its pretty too. This weeks post are all pretty. Mine is up.

Lana G! said...

Love it! What great memories she holds for you. Hopefully you will be able to rekindle that friendship.

cookie said...

She reminds me of Lucy!
I love her. Your story was very touching. She is a nice memory of your frienship.

Anna said...

Wow this is so pretty.. What a nice thing to keep. Love it...
Mine is up too:
Scattered Thoughts Of Mine

Kelli said...

What a sweet treasure from your special friend. I hope that you are able to get back in touch with her someday. I have lost touch with old friends and it's always hard.
Hugs,
Kelli

Jewelgirl said...

I cherish these kinds of wonderful
gifts. Nothing is so dear as
a gift to remember a person who
was so special to you. Happy
Valentines Day!