Before catching the early train to Brooklyn, Michelle and I watched the sunrise and enjoyed some coffee and bagels. I filled her in more on my date with Rick, and she seemed disappointed that there wasn’t any chemistry. She invited me to a barbeque she and Mark are throwing on their spacious patio. It’s been a while since I’ve attended a party; most of my encounters in the past couple of weeks have been in small group settings. As a Pisces, I’m skilled at adapting to my changing environment, and I promised Michelle I’d bake something special.
Every once in a while, Michelle and I set all obligations aside and hunt for antique treasures in different parts of the city. On occasion, we even head upstate to Albany looking for unique finds. We’ve been avid antique shoppers for years.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would take me on early morning shopping “adventures.” She always insisted that the most distinctive and best variety of items could be found in the early morning, preferably in the middle of the week. After my grandmother passed, I inherited all her beautiful antiques. Most of them are thoughtfully displayed in my bedroom, familiar and comfortable reminders of her love. One of my favorite pieces is a white wicker child’s chair from the 1920s. After my parents died, I spent a lot of time playing on my own. I would rarely play with actual toys; instead I would use the objects around me. The white wicker chair was where my imaginary tea-party guest sat while I poured her tea and handed her a delicate porcelain plate of scones. Today the chair is a plant stand in my bedroom, home to my Ficus elastica (rubber tree plant), one of my favorite houseplants.
I found a pink teapot at the first antique shop. I think I’ll repurpose it as a flower pot. Michelle took a bit more time to find what she was looking for; but finally, after a few hours, she found a gorgeous Russian doll from the late 1800s, perfect for her daughter’s bedroom. We are always searching for things from faraway places. Our day in Brooklyn was a success.
Do you have an old or new object that you cherish?
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