Friday, June 1, 2007

Show and Tell Friday



Now this doesn't look like a very interesting show and tell, but there is a story. When I saw this valance at a local discount store, I just had to buy it. It doesn't look like much, but the attraction for me is in those little swiss dots!

You see, 3 1/2 years ago my Granny died, and I miss her a lot. We were an interesting pair! I would go over to her house, fix a cup of tea, and we would sit together - each of us reading our own book! We didn't need to talk that much, I just loved to be there with her. After I had kids I would take them over and Gran and I would sit and talk and watch them play. I had 3 boys at the time and she nicknamed them Huey, Duey, and Luey because they were so ornery. Four month after her death I had my only daughter, who is named after Granny. It still chokes me up sometimes when I think about how I would like to load up Miss Leone and take her over to Granny's and show her off! I bet the two of them would have made an even more interesting pair ; )

Anyway, on to the curtain. Granny would sometimes tell me stories about her life, and one in particular was about her as a young army wife. She was just recently married and my Grandpa (who died when I was 1) was stationed in Galveston, TX. They lived in a tiny (I'm thinking one room and no bathroom) military house. She told me about how she had sawed legs off a piece of furniture to make it usable in the space and how her mother mailed her material to sew things for the house. One of those materials she said was dotted swiss, and Granny told me how she sewed it into curtains. And so now every time I see that material with its tiny little dots I'm reminded of Granny and the great times we always had together!

If you want to check out more Show and Tells go over to Kelli's blog.


Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. H

Edit - I added some music in memory of Gran and Grandpa - she liked Big band music and he fought in WWII - so this made me think of them : )

10 comments:

Sheri said...

What a special story Mrs. H. Thank you for sharing your sweet grandmother and your new valance with us!

Lana G! said...

What an absolutely precious memory! Blessing to you.

Kim said...

My grandmother passed away before I adopted any of my children. I wish she could have seen them. Thanks for sharing.

ellen b said...

I remember dotted swiss so well. Great way to remember your granny. My daughter was born 2 months after her paternal granpa died. I always wished he could have met her on this earth...
Great music to go with your story!

Myrna said...

What a sweet story! That makes you dotted swiss valance even more special to you. I've always thought that was such a pretty, soft fabric.

LBP said...

What a great story! I am very close to my grandmother who is 95.

I love dotted swiss. When I was married in 1980, my bridesmaids wore dresses of blue dotted swiss!

Kelli said...

That was such a sweet story, Mrs. H. I really enjoyed hearing about your special granny and your dotted swiss valance is wonderful!
Kelli

Lyndy said...

Great story. I was so very close to my grandmother as well. Sounds like you had a special relationship.

Have a blessed weekend.

Lyndy

Jenn4Him said...

Love the music. Great touch. My grandparents, who are still around, love this music too. Lovely post. Glad I stopped by.

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

I loved reading your story about the relationship you had with your dear Granny. Love the dotted swiss valance. I have those type of curtains in my bedroom.