I had no idea I would have such an emotional reaction when I saw this set of vintage Pyrex bowls! There they were sitting on an old dresser. It took a moment for it to register. My first reaction was how cute it's a set of three. But then it hit me. Right in the chest. And out of my mouth for all to hear was, "Oh my Mom has a set of these!!!" Like anyone within ear shot would care that my Mom has a set of vintage Pyrex bowls. I collected all three and clutched them to my heart. I was flooded with memories of my Mom....
I was in the kitchen of my childhood home. Barefoot standing on the cool tile floor. Watching my Mom cook. She is the best cook! She can make the simplest recipe taste out of this world. As she cooked I would chat endlessly just to be in the kitchen with her. She never asked for help with the preparations of dinner.
She is a messy cook though. The kind that needs to take everything out and not clean up till after her meal is complete. And after our stomach was full and we were totally happy it was time to clean up. She would wash and I would dry.
I remember picking up the flour sack dish cloths she always used and I would dry those Pyrex bowls. There was not a dinner that took place in our home that those Pyrex bowls were not used.
It's really the silliest thing. But I immediately bought the bowls and rushed home. I washed them really well and made a salad! Just so I could use them for dinner that night. I was so excited to tell my kids and my husband about the bowls and why I bought them. I called everyone to dinner. Placed the bowl down filled with mixed greens and veggies along with Shrimp Scampi and french bread.
Would you like to know the reaction I got after I told them about the bowls and how excited I was? All eyes were looking at me. With a stretch of silence followed by an oooookayyyyy!!! The long stretched out kind of okay! My husband had to step in and remind the kids, "This is why we love her! Right kids! Cause mom likes to get excited over a set of bowls!" giggles and more giggles erupted around the table!
Well since I didn't get the reaction that I wanted I called my older sister! I knew she would remember our childhood... and those bowls. She did!!!! And we chatted over drying them and what we remembered being in them.... I felt so much better!
And yesterday when I finally spoke to my Mom on the phone, I blurted out my special find of vintage Pyrex bowls! And that they made me think of her! She laughed and told me that she still has the set I remember and uses them just about everyday, but the large size broke a couple years ago. So she is down to two!
As I drove the girls to school today it had me thinking.... I wonder when my children are all grown and have left the nest.... what will trigger this kind of reaction for them. I just pray really hard and try my hardest to parent them the way they need me to. I'm off to make something just so I can use my bowls.... and praying that I am making some memories for my children along the way.