Anyone who has ever been to my home, within the last ten years or so, will have seen the floral ceramic pitcher that has decorated different odd corners, in every room, at different times. Sometimes it holds dried hydrangea, but often it stands alone. One may not notice it, unless drawn to a time when the style was popular. It is not really unique, however, it has a story like so many of the items I hold dear.
The pitcher stands about 18 to 24 inches tall. It has a cream color background graced with magenta flowers, and bright green leaves, delicately painted all over it. The handle has a vine tracing the length of it painted in the same shade of green as the leaves. I love this adornment.
How I came to own this odd piece was due to my obnoxious confidence that my sister and her husband loved me so much and I could say or ask for just about anything. My wish would be granted. The same is true in reverse. They could ask me for anything and if it was in my power they would have it.
One visit at my sister’s house we were discussing Christmas, and how difficult it was to buy for each other, since our tastes were usually the complete opposite. Clothing was out of the question, if she loved it, I hated it and viser-versa. So the subject of exchanging gifts was a serious one. We didn’t want to stop exchanging. No matter that neither of us needed anything special, it was the act of saying I love you with a small gift. This day she was putting my feet to the fire. What did I want for Christmas?
While thinking real hard the old crazed pitcher, sitting on her end table, caught my eye. It sang to me, “I should be yours”. I knew they had picked it up at a tag sale. Billy and Christine spent. many a weekend afternoon seeking treasures,. It was a hobby, and once in a while they found a piece that I liked, but it was the oddity rather than the rule.
“That, I want that,” I pointed to the pitcher. Christine was surprised. “Oh no, Billy loves that pitcher”. I pouted for a few minutes, and forgot all about it after I said she could give me whatever.
I needn’t tell you that Christmas, when they came to dinner, the pitcher was wrapped splendidly in fabulous paper and bow as only my sister could do. I was thrilled. Maybe one of the best presents I ever received.
It is three years and one month since Christine has left us. I miss her more not less. But every time I look at that old crazed pitcher, which still calls to me, it brings to mind that day and the laughter that surrounded my wanting that old tag sale pitcher.
Recently, Billy came for one of his rare visits to my house. It’s hard for him to be at my house since she is gone. But he was so pleased to see I still have and use the floral pitcher. You see it was meant to be.