Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

It is Show & Tell Friday again over at Kelli's There's No Place Like Home.

Today, I am showing you a beautiful miniature that originally belonged to my mother and was given to me after her death. I love it dearly.
It is obviously from England - my mother was a devoted Anglophile. And, to me, it represents the sentiments of my mother's heart. She had such a longing for hearth and home, but she married a career military man, who moved our family about every two years. We had no roots, no place where we could return. When my mother became disabled in her middle years, her craving to just stay someplace grew even stronger, but life didn't work out for her in that way. Now, I like to think of her off someplace in Paradise, in a little cottage like that above, by a stream, with some of our family cats and lots of the birds and wildlife she used to love...waiting for the rest of us.

Love,
Elizabeth

20 comments:

Pink Slippers said...

Beautiful story...one that has not ended yet.
Wendy

Grammy said...

Hi Elizabeth,
What a wonderful treasure.
Have a great week,
Grammy

Hootin' Anni said...

I love the fact that with this is makes you remember your mother and how you worded it, Elizabeth, is super....'your mother's heart'...the warmth and glow of house and home...

My show n tell is finally posted on the hub...come on over if you can find time. Happy weekend to you too.

ceekay said...

Those pieces that give us memories each time we look at them are especially precious. Thanks for sharing the story.

Chez Nous said...

Thanks for sharing a lovely Show & Tell.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

What precious memories that evokes! I like how you like to think of her in a little cottage waiting for you all! So sweet...

Manuela

Constance said...

How sweet! That truly is a heart's treasure! What a lovely way to think of your mother!

Last week I shared about my Grandma's trunk, the "before restoration" photos. I got it back and I have posted its transformation on today's S&T.
Connie

Melissa Wertz said...

What a lovely piece and story to go with it.

Michelle said...

Hi Elizabeth,

What a beautiful story and an adorable miniature. I've always dreamt of living in a house that looks like this. :)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Beautiful.

Grandma Faith said...

Thanks for sharing your minature and your sweet thoughts of your mother.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love your mother's miniature. It's beautiful. And your reflection about her is very touching.

Tammy said...

How wonderful to be able to take comfort in that sweet little cottage and memories of your mother.

Bobbie said...

so beautiful!!

Susie Homemaker said...

What a touching post...thank you so much for sharing it with us...humbles one in a way...you never know how truly blessed you are...

Warm Regards,
Susie

Trish said...

Elizabeth...beautiful post. Wonderful acknowledgement too of your mother and her love for her home. I am glad she left you that gorgeous treasure of hers. What a great memory maker

Alice said...

Wonderful sentiments and thoughts for your mom. I can just see it - exactly as you described - except for me, it's my dad that I see there. God bless you this week!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful story about your mother, Elizabeth. The English cottage is so beautiful. It must give you much joy as it remindss you of your mom. Lovely post...
Kathy

Kelli said...

Such a beautiful story and a lovely treasure to remind you of your mother.
~Kelli

Alexandra said...

Mom's happy home - beautiful!