|That's me wearing my Aunt Ella's aquamarine knuckle duster in red|
and yellow gold. It's been in the family for a long time.
I have been working hammer and tongs on my presentation. At first it was a casual gathering of anecdotal material, which I always enjoy because it pushes me outside of my own narrow scope of experience and expectation. And frankly people love to talk about themselves, so why not give them the chance. I've always said to my son, "talk to strangers and you will learn something. Just don't get in the car with them."
When I work on a topic it is as if I become a magnet for information about it. Articles, experiences all seem to drift into a pile like wind-blown autumn leaves. Yesterday, the new issue of East Coast Living landed in my mailbox with a feature story that I had written about Teresa Kachanoski's heritage home. Ned Pratt did the photography. Héritage is the French translation for heirloom. For my presentation I tried to define the essential attributes of an heirloom, what makes it different from say a souvenir or a collectible, and then to illustrate those traits with the narratives people had so generously shared with me.
|This photo was snapped by Teresa, which we sent to tempt|
the editor Janice Hudson.
To my consistent admiration, the chai boys would come running with their trays. I used to like to watch them round corners at high speed. Somehow, no glasses got broken and a drop was never spilled. I sweeten the tea with sugar that I ritually collect on vacation. It is the only time I add sugar to a beverage. I make the tea in a special Chinese teapot. Significantly, my teenage son has his own handmade teapot. It makes me hopeful for the future of craft.