Daily Prompt: Memories for Sale
On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.
There it was!
I saw it one more time, the Ugly Thing that had been in my parents’ china closet for all my growing up years!
I never knew what happened to it but it had been missing for many years.
My excitement in finding it at the garage sale was beyond description.
And unbelievably, there it was, literally staring at me with woeful eyes!
My mother used to say, “We miss most the people and things that cause the most trouble,” and how true that is.
This describes the missing piece in my life because it was really ugly. That meant our family never used it. Therefore, it was annoying. Do you think that’s why I missed it so much?
Nowadays it would be called a white elephant – a family heirloom that was just in the way but had retained its place of honor anyway.
It had once belonged to my grandmother and I like to think it was considered decorative in its day. But, I don’t think even Grandma would have used it unless it was for comic relief.
Still, I could not resist buying the Ugly Thing for $12 and bringing it home. It called to me with its sad eyes from the pile of odds and ends on the yard sale card table. And it seemed to say, “Aha! I found you again! And now please put me back where I belong – in that honored spot in your china closet!”
I suppose most people have lovely, valuable mementos of home and childhood.
Me? I have the Ugly Thing.
I am sure it was a creamer. I think it was made in Germany but there are no distinguishing marks. It is probably worth less than $12.
Whatever it is, I am glad the Ugly Thing has found its way home and is back in its honored spot in the china closet.