Thursday, March 13, 2008

Show & Tell

Surrounding the window above my kitchen sink, I have six of these shelves. The lowest shelf houses this small collection of little knick-knacks, each with its own little story. They all sit here because they make me happy. Don't worry, I'm not going to share all the stories today. Only one and it is the little brown dog in the front.


To tell his story, I have to give you a bit of background info. on my mom. She loves to celebrate. She can find so many reasons to celebrate or have a party. It's great because I'm not like that. She's the great motivation behind family parties and get-togethers. When I was a kid, we always had dinner together, without fail. So one evening, we all came to the table and there was a little wrapped gift at each place setting. It was a little exciting. My gift was this little dog. We didn't have much money so they weren't big expensive presents but they were enough to let us all know that she loved us and it set this night apart from all the others. How could she have ever known that this memory would stay with me and I'd still have this little dog??

I never felt "poor" when I was a kid. (Ok, once I really wanted these Barbie Fashion Plates and I whined around all day about it and my mom came home with them, but I digress). We were happy, content kids. We didn't have big TV's, stereo systems, computers weren't even around then, no cell phones, no VCR's or DVD's. We were happy to read and play. My mom was so good at playing board games and making special times out of the ordinary. And you know what? These are the things I remember. Times together. Special times made out of ordinary days.

Thanks for stopping by today. Kelli is hosting more Show & Tell fun over at No Place Like Home.

23 comments:

mrsjojo said...

What a sweet memory. Cute little dog. Your mom sounds like so much fun.

jennifer said...

Very sweet story. I hope that I can create a memory like that for my kiddos.

Jennifer

Jennie said...

What a sweet little dog. I can remember playing board games with my mum too, and doing jigsaws together, that's when I didn't have my nose in a book! She had time for me, and so many mums don't seem to have that these days which is a pity.

Penless Thoughts said...

Precious memories.
Susan

Barbara H. said...

What a lovely memory! I hope my kids remember their childhood the same way.

Hootin' Anni said...

I like that..."Special times made our of ordinary days." That was awesome...and a terrific show n tell.

If you haven't dropped by my Show N Tell yet, I sure hope you do. Have a great Friday and Happy weekend!!!

Feathering My Nest said...

That's very sweet. Your mother sounds like such a fun and loving mother.

Kathi

Simply Heart And Home said...

Thank you for sharing your cute little knick knacks. What a lovely memory to have. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman.

Constance said...

It's funny how someone else looks at our stuff and probably thinks,
"Why on earth do they have that?" They have no idea that the most meaningful things we treasure don't have a lot of monetary worth. I love looking at something and having a wonderful memory to go with it! I have actually thought about scrapbooking pictures of stuff and then including the story that goes with it!

Thanks for sharing!
Connie

Judy said...

Wonderful memories.

MammyT said...

Rebecca, This is what Show and Tell is all about. Thanks for sharing this blessing.
Nancy

Folded Wings said...

Wonderful memories

cookie said...

It's so enjoyable to read about your very special memories and your very wonderful Mother. You are blessed. She's blessed too because you know and you appreciate her.

Hugs,
Cookie

ps. I hope you'll stop by and visit. I have a new treasure hunt posted and another of my collages to give away.

Anita said...

What a cute little dog and a very special memory indeed. I really enjoyed reading your story about your mum. And yes, you are right! We were happy kids and simply enjoyed being together, without PC, TV and all the other "stuff" our kids have nowadays....

Have a great week-end!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

I love everyones treasures. Your Mom made good memories for you. What a BLESSING to have a mom like yours. Love the dog

Anonymous said...

Rebecca.
You remember things I have forgotten. How nice to read them. I owe my "Motherhood" to your Grandma. She was the best. I realized I have loved playing all my life still do. Its a great way to live.
Love you, Mom

Jen Glover said...

I totally agree! It's those memories that stand out when I think about my childhood. Everyone always teased me for keeping all of my old things! *giggle* Thanks for sharing!

nannykim said...

Nice show and tell--great story. And you know, I don't remember being bored as a kid. You are right that we didn't have all of the gadgets--but we did have our imaginations, books, and lots of adventures pretending and playing outdoors!

Rick Rack Attack said...

Love your new blog header! I love morning glories.

My kids don't understand the concept that we used to have to change the TV channel w/ a knob & adjust the rabbit ears. They can't believe that I didn't have a cell phone then either- just a big black rotary phone & it was attached to the wall- not wireless!!

Stop on by for a visit at http://anapronaday.blogspot.com. Made some Kiss Me I'm Irish Beef & Cabbage yesterday & posted the recipe. Come on, I'll fix you a plate!

The Simple Woman said...

Oh, how I still remember my Barbie suitcase. That plastic was the best smellin stuff. It held her in one compartment and her clothes in another. Remember those little tiny hangers?

Linda said...

Your little dog is a treasure with wonderful memories. Sounds like you a happy childhood..with a great mom. Linda

Jewelgirl said...

What a sweet memory your little
dog is. I have an old Barbie designer kit. It is put away in
the attic. I think mine also had
skipper & francie clothes to draw.

Jen Glover said...

Rebecca! Thanks for visiting my blog! Who lives here? Where? WOW! That is so amazing! If you come to visit I'll show you where we can find star fish! :) Have a nice Sunday! P.S. Growing up, our kitchen was harvest yellow. The complimentary color to avocado green! *giggle*