The prompt for 6 March 2016 is to write about a family heirloom.
Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)
One of my favorite family treasures a special aluminum can for storing the powdered sugar she used to decorate her cakes and cookies. [I have written about this heirloom before in other posts on this blog].
Whenever my mother would bake cakes or cookies for special occasions such as holidays, weddings, graduations, etc. she would take this can with her so that the items would be “perfect” when placed on the cookie trays.
One time, while driving from Pittsburgh to Cleveland for one of my cousin’s bridal showers, my mother realized that she left this powdered sugar can behind and cajoled my father to turn the car around so she could retrieve it. Perhaps it was our imagination, but those cookies always did seem to taste better with a sprinkling of powdered sugar from that “magic can.” I now have the can in my kitchen cupboard.
While I am not the baker my mother was, I still use the can from time to time on those special occasions when I do bake cookies, or whenever I make pancakes or waffles for breakfast. The can still holds a magic–it triggers all of the fond memories of my mother using it to bring a bit of sweetness into the lives of her loved ones.
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