Sunday, January 31, 2010
The older I get, the more I enjoy delving into my family history and especially looking at old photos. I like to enlarge them and search into the details and find familiar things. For instance, these three photos. At the top: Thanksgiving 1962--my mother's table. Middle:
Christmas 1951--my grandmother's table. Bottom: Thanksgiving 2009--my table. Do you see a familiar theme throughout? (Unfortunately the top photo is not in color and the juice glasses are empty but I have no doubt that they were filled with tomato juice or "V-8.")
I often start our traditional holiday meals with a glass of tomato juice and knew that my mother did also, but I had no idea my grandmother did until I studied this photo. I also see a centerpiece vase which is in my mother's house now. And I notice that my grandmother's water glasses are undoubtedly Fostoria, very similar to the ones she gave my mother. And lastly, it is interesting, though not evident here, that the Johnsons Bros. "Old Mill" pattern on my table are/were owned by all three generations. They are all now in my cupboards.
All history, but especially of my family, fascinates me. We can learn so much from the past, and as we do, understand more and more about ourselves in the present.
See Little Red House for more Monday Mosaics.