Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friends, birthdays and the art of listening

Several years ago, I inherited this pink and gold Depression glass sugar bowl and creamer from a great Aunt. I've always loved it and take care not to wash so much that the pattern completely wears away.

A couple of months ago, my Mom and I were perusing a local antiques shop and I came across an octagonal cake plate with handle that was a near perfect match for my set. What a cute way to serve coffee and dessert! My mother, being a depression baby herself, and knowing that business is slow for me right now, looked a little skeptical at me as I cooed over the pretty pink and gold plate. There may have been some comment made about paying the mortgage. (rasa frasa grumble grumble...) So, I left it where it was. Because, no matter how old (ahem) we get, our mothers still have power over us.

But I was sad and knew had she not been there, I would have justified the expenditure and bought it. I mentioned it to a couple of friends (it was still on my mind, you see), both of whom felt I should have bought it anyway. What would we do without our friends! It wasn't terribly expensive, afterall. But, it wasn't a necessity either.

Anyway, a few days ago, a mysterious package arrived on my door step. Guess what is was?

I could have cried. My dear friend Rob, whom I'd been whining to about the pretty cake stand, did some detective work, called my Mom (who frankly didn't even remember what it looked like!!), secretly scoped out my creamer and sugar set while at my house and then wandered around the antiques shop until he found what he believed was the right thing. He doesn't know what Depression glass is and had no way to actually describe it. But he found it. For me. Because he knew it was a pretty little something that would make me very happy.

So sweet.

It's not about the cake stand after all.



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17 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

Wonderful story.

Leanna Hamill said...

A thing of beauty is a joy forever! What a wonderful friend.

My sister has twice gone back for things I've admired and given them to me as gifts later. She is so stealthy about it, and I just love being surprised by them.

Laura K said...

That's a great story, Linda - and a real friend! Happy belated Birthday!

OXOX

Anonymous said...

Wow- I am so glad he found it for you- it is gorgeous and I am not usually a fan of depression glass. More importantly, lucky you have such a good friend!

Linda Merrill said...

I know! I am so lucky to have such a friend!!

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

What a lovey, thoughtful surprise. My mother did that for me once when I was very young and very broke. I made myself choose between two items in an antiques shop (when I truly had no business buying either). The other item turned up several months later under the Christmas tree!

Julia said...

A gift that a friend took the time to listen, investigate and search for... gifts like this are always the most treasured. They are true gifts and what a true friend.

helle - pirettehuset.dk said...

What a wise mother and a true friend you have.
Congratulations, the set is so pretty!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Who is the lucky girl??? Amazing. Thank you too for the special shout out on SRT. Wow! HBB. LPxo

Cote de Texas said...

You stinker!!! Happy Birthday and many many more! I could have cried over this story. What a sweet friend he is. Is that who you went to that concert with - in the cute bed and breakfast place?

Lisa said...

Linda,
Happy Happy Birthday To You! I am beginning to think that you just my be the twin sister that i always wished for. Our mutual love of mother-of-pearl, Depression glass, and an August birthday too!
What a lovely gesture by a very thoughtful friend. That's how I feel about you. Hope you are still celebrating!
Lisa

Teacats said...

Happiest of all Birthdays! Another Leo here who just celebrated my birthday too! What a LOVELY thoughtful gift -- your cake plate needs to be filled with all kinds of treats! LOL!


Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Unique Unique Design said...

Such a thoughtful considerate friend. Hope you enjoy that cake platter for yrs and yrs to come. I know I'm a little late, but hope you had a terrific birthday. BTW, I love listening to the Skirted Roundtable. Thanks for taking the time to do that, so so many people can enjoy it.
marcie

Anonymous said...

The cake plate and Rob... both swell!

Dee

Linda Merrill said...

Thanks everyone!! Yes, Rob is totally a great guy!

CJ/Rick said...

Happy belated! Don't you feel special when someone puts forth such an effort?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Haha, your mom sounds like my dad! What a sweet story to brighten up my day :-) And happy birthday!

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