Memory Lane Friday is a weekly blog carnival where you can blog about your memories and link up. Some weeks have themes, this week does not. Everyone is welcome!
How many of you can stop what you're doing, remember your grandmother's house, and smell it in your memory? I can, I can smell the moment I walked in the door. Five years old and engulfed in the smells of home cooking and heavy brocade curtains and my grandmother's lotion. After all the hugging business was out of the way, my young legs would carry me to the slippery peach couch perched on ornate wooden legs. That was where the visiting would take place, as I kicked my legs back and forth, but of more important interest to me were the side tables. Of which the peach couch had two.
On the side tables in addition to family photos and at times a magazine, there were two hobnobbed milk glass candy dishes like this:
On one side was the rounder candy dish and on the other side the more square dish.
And I knew a secret.
See, everyone went for the round dish. The square dish was forgotten.
So although I, too, was drawn to the attractive round dish, I knew that the best candies were in the square dish. It always had a better selection.
Sometimes, my grandmother would think about it beforehand and top off the candy for me before I even arrived.
She'd fill it with old fashioned ribbon candy mix like this:
There were a few types I didn't care for, but mostly sugar was sugar and I wasn't too picky.
They'd dissolve slowly in my mouth as I listened to conversations in the room. Sweet chatting.
As I grew older and became a pre-teen, sometimes the candy was forgotten, and I'd be the only one to remember to check the dishes. I'd find the candies stuck together and stale. I never said anything about it though. In retrospect, you can find so many little signs of Alzheimers in the memories of small daily life moments.
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