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Remembering Charlotte

The house that Charlotte lived her entire life in; she shared the house with her mother.

The house that Charlotte lived her entire life in; she shared the house with her mother.

Slips and toiletries and an old fashioned designed bathroom.

Slips and toiletries and an old fashioned designed bathroom.

It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully.

It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully.

On this cold and snowy January day, I was struck by the amount of strangers on our street running in and out of 46 Clarendon Place. A beautiful center entrance green colonial. A house that was always discreetly quiet. Charlotte lived there her whole life with her mother. I knew very little about her. She outlived her mother by only a few years. Rather sad in a sense. Now that she had died and there were no surviving family members around, the house was quietly sold and without warning, estate sale signs came popping up and so did the crowds. As I walked through the house, I relished at all the old fashioned items. It was almost like walking through a museum. She loved literature, Vermont, Wedgwood and fine linen. She liked fine china, crystal and daisy jewelry. It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully. Estate sales are a little different from garage sales. They can fetch a better price and usually have items available in every room. Estate sales tend to take place for 3 reasons all beginning with D –death, divorce and downsizing. Maybe it’s because I would exchange hello’s with her on the sidewalk, or maybe because strangers were rummaging though her cherished possessions haggling for a lower price, or maybe it made me realize that one day people will be tossing out my things I thought were so prized, but it just simply made me feel forlorn. All of her adored possessions being tagged with 1/2 price after 12 noon today signs. Life is fleeting. Another reminder on a snowy cold January day. RIP Charlotte.

 

 

The Lion Ring

The Lion Ring

 

Recently I attended a 90th birthday party for a retired doctor who remains in wonderful shape. The party was festive and the stories were flowing. One of his sons took the microphone and told the story of the lion ring. I have to share it. “You see when you grow up Catholic and Italian”, began Tommy “your First Communion day is huge”. When one of the 7 children would make his or her First Holy Communion, the parents would visit the local jewelry store and buy a cross necklace for the girls and a medal and chain for the boys. When Tommy was 5, he tagged with his parents to select the perfect medal for his older brother Frankie Jr. The young boys heart stopped when he saw a lion ring in the jewelry case. He begged his parents to buy it. He had to have it. It was the coolest thing he had ever seen! His life would be complete if he had that lion ring!! The parents gently but firmly said NO; after all, this day was about Frankie Jr. and his First Holy Communion medal.  Tommy was crushed. He thought his world had ended;  he eventually forgot about the ring–until his 18th birthday when his dad handed him a wrapped box and inside was the lion ring. “Little did I know my parents had returned to the jewelry store the very next day to buy it for me,” said Tommy. “The thought that they saved it all those years still makes me made me feel so special.” Tommy joked that he is the type of guy that never wears jewelry. He rarely wears the ring but he cherishes what it represents. Tommy joked to his parents in the crowd “I should have asked the return policy of the store. Was it 30 days or 13 years?”

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