Is there anything better than an heirloom?
I opened a very heavy package on Christmas Day, from my Nanny. In it, I found this
See how the handle is discolored from use? That is courtesy of my great-grandmother and grandmother. My nanny said she remembers her mom making fried potatoes and country ham in this very skillet. I plan to carry the tradition on, making lots of fried potatoes, eggs, and various other foods.
My great-grandmother's name was Lillian Grace. She was born on June 2, 1897. She had eight children and a husband with tuberculosis. My grandmother was raised during the Great Depression. She was continually hungry. To hear her tell stories from her childhood you realize that there was also fun to be had - she was, apparently, the marbles champion in her neighborhood. She recently told me that she used to walk to her aunt's home (across the city) where she knew she'd get a full meal. As a young girl, she would clean the houses of wealthy neighbors.
Out of this childhood my grandparents saved and thrived. My grandmother has been extremely generous with us - if not for her, we wouldn't be living in this house. I love having a little piece of family history - especially one I can use to serve my family.