Over the weekend, Darrin and I received our first wedding gift. At least, that’s what I’m calling it. We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon visiting with my parents. While visiting, my mother remembered a box of “things” my grandma Mary (my mom’s mom) had saved from her marriage to my mom’s dad for my sisters and me. So I went into the garage with my mom, climbed on to my dad’s weightlifting bench, reached up to the top shelf and pulled down a very dusty box where I uncovered eight glass “Serva Snack” sets.
These were so dainty and adorable. They were a perfect little treasure, packed away in their original boxes, safe for my sisters and me to use. One of the designs has a small, curved indentation on the side which I can only suspect was for setting down one’s cigarette when one wanted to take a bite of the provided snack. I think I’ll have to find a new use for that indentation – chocolate straws maybe? I’m already imagining afternoon teas, mother’s day brunches, or a bridal luncheon with these charming glass trays. And don’t think I won’t be able to serve a cocktail in that darling little cup.
While up on the
ladder weightlifting bench in the garage we discovered another box. It simply read on the side, “grandma and grandpa g bar.” Grandma and Grandpa G are my dad’s maternal grandparents. Grandma Ginther is the woman I was named after and while I never had the opportunity to meet her, from what I hear, she was an amazing woman. To reach this box, we had to call in the help of Darrin and my dad as it was pushed too far out of reach. This box was really heavy and once it was brought to the floor, we discovered it was full of individually wrapped items. They turned out to be a ton of various bar glasses.
Darrin and I were instantly excited when we saw these glasses. Two of the many things we have in common are: we like things that are old and things made of glass. My mom very kindly offered the box to Darrin and me noting that Grandma Ginther would have liked the idea of her namesake having her things. It was such a sweet moment and such a thoughtful gift.
When we got home that afternoon, I got straight to cleaning the glasses. While standing over the sink, I let my mind twist around the history of our new collection. Where did it all come from? Grandma and Grandpa Ginther ran and owned a few restaurants over the course of their lives. Had a few of the loner glasses snuck their way home from Alex & Effie’s restaurant? What happened to cause some of the sets to be incomplete? If it was anything like my house growing up, the children may have broken a glass or two. Did a little Joanne (my grandmother) or Bud or Sunny (my great Uncles) have slippery fingers? Did Grandma Ginther bring the glasses out for parties? Did she really use the brandy glasses for brandy or did she break convention and use them for wine, the way I would?
And how will Darrin and I incorporate these new gifts into our lives? Some of the glasses I can imagine using as vases or for serving a yummy frozen dessert. I do feel as though I’m more likely to have a luncheon simply because I have to give those Serva Snacks a try.
What about you? What gifts have you inherited? What have they meant to you and how have you incorporated them in to your life?