Saturday, November 3, 2012

Gratitude~Day 3

I'm grateful today for parents who saved 'things!'
I know this sounds crazy, but as I'm helping my Mom to downsize I'm finding so many 'things' from my past also.  I've probably got a truck load of  'things' I'm going to take home with me and several boxes full of 'things' for the Grandkids. 

Today I'm sharing something that brought back such memories! 
This is a reproduction painting that hung in our living room in the late 1960's
I always loved it and it is a cityscape of Paris
This is a copy of a painting by 
When I found this in the back of a closet it just brought back such memories of that house and the living room.  We had a blue mid-century modern couch with a cool orange chair (which Mom still has also).  I thought it was such a sophisticated room.  As I have shared with you, going to Paris has been my dream since High School and this painting was part of it.
Believe me when I say it is just a very inexpensive copy, but for me it holds memories of my teenage years, hopes for  a bright future and now the dream that will come true, a trip to Paris sometime in 2013!
(a gift from my daughter Ashleigh)

I am so grateful that my parents kept 'things'!


Hugs,
Linda

38 comments:

Ms. Redo said...

It is a tremendous blessing that our parents kept things, although I showed up at Mom's one day and she had put the childhood wagon of blocks on the front porch "to go to the dump." Can you picture how fast I grabbed them? Everything else she kept, and I have nearly all of it now and treasure it so much. Thanks for sharing and evoking that memory ... when are you going to Paris?!?!

Jacquelineand.... said...

The things which hold memories and dreams are priceless, no matter how much they initially cost.

Now when are you going to Paris?

Donna said...

Oh, I just love this!! I have a grouping of "rose paintings" that my mom bought in the 60's from Grants or Woolworths. Nothing expensive at all, but they remind me SO much of her!

You will LOVE Paris! Not that I've been (haha) but my daughter, in her20's, has been and cannot wait to go back again some day because she loved it so much! What a wonderful gift from your daughter! She's a sweetheart!

I popped over here from Claudia's Favorite Thing Saturday!

Donna

Pondside said...

I'm so glad that your dream of going to Paris will come true! You will have a year worth of blog posts and lots of us who will travel vicariously with you!

Diane said...

Very nice painting and congrats on going to Paris-- what a wonderful daughter you must have!

Claudia said...

Rediscovering things from our past is always wonderful - that painting has a host of memories for you. It is a dream of mine to go to Paris sometime, too. Congratulations on your upcoming trip!

Thanks for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Chatty Crone said...

Isn't that wonderful that your dream has been Paris and there is a gorgeous painting of it right there in the closet. Love, sandie

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

My thoughts are exactly the same as Sandie's!! It's a sign Linda!! Now, to find that very spot where the painting was painted!! You must have a picture taken of you at that spot!!! How wonderfully exciting!!

Susan said...

Hi Linda. YES! You WILL go to Paris. I can't wait to hear every detail from the time you get on the plane, looking out from the Eiffel Tower, eating escargot, to the time when the plane touches down, once again, in the USA.

Qui Qui! Au reois for now! SOOOOO happy you found that painting. Soon you will step "into" it! ha! Susan

Susan said...

Uh oh. French spelling correction:

au revoir

Katnip Lounge said...

I love how something can spark a host of memories!

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

My mom and an uncle are artists, so our home was always filled with their artwork. I treasure each and every piece. Mom still has most of the artwork hanging in their home, but I have been gifted with pieces over the years. They hold such wonderful memories. So glad you shared this with us today! Make sure you share your trip to Paris with us!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Linda, that is a great painting. It is so fun to find old things that bring back sweet memories. You are going to Paris? You lucky girl.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I just love how a item evokes a memory...I love to hear the story to it. Keep digging!

ImSoVintage said...

I love that you are finding those special memories. I am finding a few of my own, going through my mom's things :)

Hugs,
Laura

Gina said...

How fun to find a painting from your childhood! Things like that are priceless. Now you can enjoy it & it can give you happy memories of years past as well as future memories of your upcoming trip!

Vonlipi said...

We always seem to seek out things from our childhood.

I know I do.

I love that painting. Will you show us the chair?

Please, please, pretty please?

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the painting your mother kept for you all these years. And I'm so glad your dream of traveling to Paris is finally going to come true! You are such a good daughter and mother and it's obvious your family appreciates all that you do for them. :@

Leslie's Garden said...

I bet your young self would sit and dream of Paris and the adventures to be had there. How wonderful that you found that print, and with it a flood of memories. I know you must be excited about being able to realize your dream soon! I've enjoyed my visit, I'm now following.

Deb said...

I'm so glad that you will have the painting that was such a memorable part of your teen years. Funny the things that we remember so well, almost like it was yesterday. I'm so glad your mom is well enough for you to come home. I'm sure Mr. ALC and the cats have missed you very much. Hugs,Deb

20 North Ora said...

Isn't it funny how things we just took for granted as children now become precious mementos to us? I always thought my Mom had too many dishes and now, as I look at my every cabinet full of various dishes, I understand.

Judy

mrs. c said...

I agree, it is so much fun to "find" those things that are special to you. I do not have the opportunity to go through my family's things but hubby and I have so much fun going to estate sales and finding things from our past. I found a two-tone crock pitcher that is just like the one my mom made sweet tea for our family every night. I am giving it to my brother for his birthday....he is very sentimental and I am sure hw will tear up. Memories are a wonderful thing.

Salmagundi said...

My parents & grandparents were savers, too. I'm so thankful, also. Thanks for stopping by my blog -- I love working with wool and it is so expensive; so, I find 100% wool garments at Goodwill, then wash them in hot water to felt them. They work great for applique, etc. BTW, you will have a great time in Paris - it is enchanting!! Sally

Melanie said...

That is a gorgeous painting! I love the colors in it. I found your blog through your link on Claudia's Favorite Things post.

Sue said...

Your so lucky to still have things from when you were growing up...I know that picture will find a special place to hang in your home....hope all is well in Texas with your mom...hope to see you soon.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful memory Linda. I remember a similar very large painting my parents had above our living room sofa...it was also a Paris street scene. Thanks for sharing:-)

Sarah said...

Linda, how appropriate that this will go home with you. It's lovely! I wish I had more things from my youth.
Thanks for sharing this.......Sarah

Susan said...

Linda, that is beautiful! I don't blame you for loving it! I am so happy your dream is coming true!

Jill said...

My parents saved lot of "things" too - actually, they saved just about everything or so it seemed.

Hope you make your dream trip to Paris one day.....

Keetha Broyles said...


I love it.

Lisa Lynn said...

How cool is that! Thanks for sharing this special memory and I hope you have a wonderful trip to Paris!

Thanks for visiting me at Little Homestead on the Hill :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We all have so much to be thankful for...I love your gratitude posts. We are back in FL and I mentioned you on my blog today! Sweet hugs!

DogsMom said...

Congratulations on your wonderful trip. So much to look forward to!
Will your daughter be going as well?

I am going through things left by family members and thinking there is just too much - but I appreciate the chance to see things that bring good memories.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

How special, a trip to Paris with your daughter.

De tout, de rien said...

I just love that painting!

My head is still full of Paris images. I would go back tomorrow if I could. Again and again.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love that you have a picture that means so much, and what a sweet daughter to give you that trip, Linda!

XO,

Sheila

Kristin_Texas said...

What a sweet post. My dream place to visit would be Ireland and Scotland, followed by Italy.

I bet you'll be taking looots of photos once you arrive in Paris!

Kristin

Haworth said...

What a lovely memory of your childhood, Linda, and how wonderful that it's yours now. I love getting things from my mother that I recall seeing or using as a child. I would rather have that for a gift than something new. I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris!