Do you have something in your kitchen that says “home” to you in a personal way? I do. It’s a pair of blue glass roosters. Whenever we’ve moved–eight times now–the blue roosters get special treatment. Inevitably as I wrap them in newspaper, I think about the pioneer women who packed their most treasured possessions into covered wagons and traveled across this vast country. What to keep? What to give away? What’s a necessity? What’s a luxury? And what’s a memory worth compared to hauling food and provisions?
I really do love the blue roosters. They belonged to my grandmother who moved with my grandfather from New Braunfels, Texas to Los Angeles in the early days of the Depression. The story behind the roosters has been lost, but I suspect it’s rather ordinary. She probably bought them on a whim, or perhaps they were a gift–maybe a wedding gift. If anyone recognizes the color of the glass or the style, I’d love to know more about them. My aunt thinks they were purchased in the 1930s and are made of blue depression glass.
The blue roosters started something. We’re not overrun with chickens, but I’ve collected about twenty or so over the course of time.
These are the dinner plates we’re currently using. The history here is easy: JC Penney Vintage 2008.
These roosters sit on top of the refrigerator. Rite-Aid, Vintage 2009. We were in the middle of the move to Lexington when we found them on the dollar table. Total bargain! You can also see a a few of our refrigerator magnets. We have about 200 of them.
This chicken trio sits above the kitchen sink.
So those are some of the chickens in my kitchen. What about you? Do you collect something fun or unusual?